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<interp inst="t17940917-95-off490" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> feloniously stealing, on the
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<persName id="t17940917-95-person1251"> JAMES CROCKET
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<p>I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17940917-95-victim1250 t17940917-95-viclabel492"/>; I lost my basket and bread, on the 4th of August, the corner of
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17940917-95-off490 t17940917-95-crimeloc493"/>. I do not remember the day of the week; it was between twelve and one o'clock, I turned it down there, while I was serving my customers that wanted some stale bread for dinner. I left eight quartern loaves in it, and three three-penny loaves, of wheaten bread.</p>
<p>Q. You was absent; how long? - A-about ten minutes; and when I came back my basket was gone.</p>
<p>Q. Did you ever get it again? - Yes, about three hours after.</p>
<p>Q. Where did you find it? - There was a young man coming out of the shop, and he saw the prisoner with the basket.</p>
<p>Q. In whose hands did you first see it after you lost it? - In John Hill's; it was at his mistress's shop, in Chapel-street; his mistress is a baker.</p>
<p>Q. Did you know your bread and basket again? - Yes.</p>
<p>Q. Have you kept it ever since? - Yes; I have got one of the loaves here. I can swear to the loaves and basket too. We have had it some time; it was almost new; we had it about three weeks or a month.</p>
<p>Q. Is there any name on it? - No.</p>
<p>Q. Can you tell it by the size of it? - Yes.</p>
<p>Q. When you saw the basket were there any loaves in it? - Yes, eight quarterns and three three-penny, the same as I lost exactly.</p>
<p>Q. How can you swear to your loaves? - I know them by the make of them; I make them myself, and set them myself, and I know them by baching of them in taking them up; I put my four fingers in.</p>
<p>Q. Don't other bakers do them in the same way? - I never see any.</p>
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<p>I am a baker. My mistress's shop is in great Chapel-street. I was in my mistress's shop, and I saw the prisoner at the bar going by my mistress's shop, with a basket, about one o'clock; I immediately came out of my mistress's shop, and followed him; he see me, and he threw down the basket, and ran away.</p>
<p>Q. Did you overtake him? - No, I did not; I immediately took up the basket, and carried it into my mistress's.</p>
<p>Q. What was in the basket? - Eight quartern and three three-penny loaves.</p>
<p>Q. How did you get the prisoner? - I went about half after two for my yeast;
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<p>Q. Is Crown-court near you? - It is the first turning just behind my mistress's; I laid hold of him, and went down to the bottom of Carnaby-street; and at the bottom he got away from me there; I got up directly, and I ran after him, and as I was running, I met this man, and he ran and I ran till we took him.</p>
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<interp inst="t17940917-95-person1253" type="gender" value="indeterminate"/> </persName> Which of you took him? -
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<p>Crockett. This is one of the loaves, and put my two fingers in on each side when I put them into the oven.</p>
<p>Q. To Hill. Should you have known this not to be your bread? - I should not like to say any thing about it.</p>
<p>Q. Do you batch in the same way? - Sometimes I do, and sometimes I put my hand flat down.</p>
<p>Prisoner. I was coming down King-street, and that there man had lost his basket, he called to me, and I went to him, and he asked me what I had done with his basket, I told him I had no basket; directly he stopped me, and said I must go with him to a justice; and I went with him, knowing myself innocent of the case.</p>
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<p>Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>

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