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<p>Third Middlesex Jury. before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.</p>
<p>390.
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<p>JAMES HALES. I am a
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t18330103-138-off791 t18330103-138-crimeloc794"/>. On the 31st of December, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I saw the prisoner run out of the parlour behind my shop; I do not know how he had got in; he threw this coat out to two other
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18330103-138-defend1363 t18330103-138-deflabel795"/>s at the door, and went back, I suppose to get something else - I did not see the coat in his possession; I asked what he wanted; he said 1d. worth of cheese: I looked round, and saw my coat was gone, and detained him - nobody but him could have taken it; there was no one in the house, but my sister.</p>
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<interp inst="t18330103-138-person1366" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> . I was at the next house, and as I stood at the door, I saw a coat flung out of the prosecutor's shop; I did not see who by - two young lads picked it up, and ran away with it; they made their escape.</p>
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<persName id="t18330103-138-person1367"> JOSEPH PEARSON
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<interp inst="t18330103-138-person1367" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I was coming down the Bethnalgreen-road, and saw a coat thrown out at the prosecutor's door; a boy ran up, put it under his arm, put it in his apron, and went off - I went to the shop, and saw the prisoner in the shop; the prosecutor had hold of him - nobody had come out of the prosecutor's shop, for I went up to the door directly; nobody but the prisoner or prosecutor could have thrown it out.</p>
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<interp inst="t18330103-138-person1368" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am an officer. I took him in charge in the prosecutor's parlour.</p>
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