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<p>348.
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<p>I am a
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17900424-19-off116 t17900424-19-crimeloc119"/>. My house was broke open on the 3d of March; I was not at home; I went out, as near as I can recollect, it was dark when I went out; I returned about seven; there were a number of people about my house, and a few in my house; one of the shop windows was broken, the square of glass knocked fairly out of it, and a parcel of silk handkerchiefs missing that I had left in the window, amongst stockings, shoes, and other things, about half a yard from the window, on the shew board; they were so near the window that they might be taken from the out-side by stretching the hand pretty far: I never recovered the handkerchiefs; they were all new silk handkerchiefs, three dozen and two or three; they cost me between six and seven pounds: I found the prisoners, Conway and Crafts in custody, on my return.</p>
<p>Can you undertake to say, that that window was whole before you went out? - Yes, I can: candles had been lighted some time before I went out.</p>
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<p>I am wife of the last witness. I was at home, and heard the square of the shop window break; I ran to the door and called stop thief! I saw a man; he said, I saw the man break the window; he caught him; and
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<p>I am a constable. The prisoner
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<interp inst="t17900424-19-person215" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> came to me on the 4th of March, about eight in the evening, and said he wanted to be admitted an evidence in a robbery, and would not say any thing till then; I went with him to Justice Staples; he admitted him an evidence; the other two were in custody before; on the 6th of March he was brought up to be examined again, and then he denied his writing or knowing any thing of the business.</p>
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<p>I was coming along near the prosecutor's house, about seven, on the night of this robbery, and I saw the prisoner Crafts break the window; my wife was with me; there were three or four with him; I cannot speak to them: it was done on purpose, with his elbow; I saw nothing taken out of the window; I took hold of him the minute the window was broke; I stopped him instantly; he said, I suppose you are the father of a family, I hope you will not take my life.</p>
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<p>I was with my husband, and saw Crafts break the window with his elbow; there were three or four with him; I do not know who they were.</p>
<p>Court to Cooke. Was you present when that confession was signed by the prisoner and the magistrate? - Yes.</p>
<p>"The voluntary information and confession</p>
<p>"of
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<p>"last night he, with
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<interp inst="t17900424-19-person220" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> , and another, went and</p>
<p>"picked several persons pockets of handkerchiefs,</p>
<p>"and a little beyond Shadwell</p>
<p>"Office, the same side of the way, Crafts</p>
<p>"broke the window of a house, took the</p>
<p>"handkerchiefs, and brought them to Mr.</p>
<p>"Moses, in Cable-street, who gave him</p>
<p>"twenty-five shillings for them, being</p>
<p>"twelve in number, and that he gave the</p>
<p>"other man twelve or thirteen shillings of</p>
<p>"the money".</p>
<p>Court. It says here</p>
<p>"taken and sworn." Who is the magistrate? - Mr. Staples.</p>
<p>PRISONER CRAFTS' DEFENCE.</p>
<p>I was coming from on board the ship, and going past when they took me.</p>
<p>Court. As to this confession, it cannot be evidence against the other two, and it cannot be received as evidence against himself, because by mistake it is taken on oath.</p>
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