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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t18390916-2466-offence-1 t18390916-cd-64"/>23rd of July</rs>, 2 coats, value 13
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<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. 6
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.; 2 pairs of stockings, value 2
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.; 1 curtain, value 4
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. 6
<hi rend="italic">d</hi>.; 1 violin, value 14
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<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.; 1 music-book, value 2
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>.; and 2 night-caps, value 1
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<interp inst="t18390916-name-405" type="given" value="SAMUEL"/>SAMUEL COLLINS</persName> </hi>. I am a butcher, and live in New-street, Covent-garden. On the 23rd of August, I missed the property stated when I got up in the morning—it was safe the night before—the back door of my house is often left open at night—there is a yard behind, and a very high paling, and I thought it safe.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Prisoner.</hi> He said at Bow-street he lost three coats, and the policeman told him to say he had only lost two.
<hi rend="italic">Witness.</hi> I had various old coats lying behind a table, and am not certain whether I lost two or three—when the prisoner was taken he had two coats on—he got rid of one I suppose—I am certain I lost two, and these two are mine.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">police-constable F</hi> 146.) I was on duty on the 23rd of August, about five o'clock in the morning, in Rose-street, Covent-garden, about fifty yards from the prosecutor's, and had occasion to go to a water-closet—I went through a house into the back yard, and saw the prisoner pull the door of the water-closet too—I waited a few minutes, and then the prisoner came out with a bundle under his arm—I asked how he came by it—he said it was thrown over a wall by a
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<hi rend="italic">prisoner.</hi> He said he saw somebody throw the things over the wall.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Witness.</hi> I did not.</p>
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<interp inst="t18390916-name-407" type="given" value="THOMAS"/>THOMAS CARTER</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">police-constable F</hi> 5.) On Sunday morning, the 25th, about half-past four o'clock, I heard of this robbery, and that there were more things missing—I went to the place mentioned, and down in the water-closet I found the violin, the bow, the music book, and two night-caps, which the prosecutor identified.</p>
<hi rend="italic">Property produced and sworn to.</hi>)</p>
<hi rend="italic">prisoner's Defence.</hi> I was going to get a job at the market—I was taken ill my inside, and went into the yard—I had been there about ten minutes, and I was coming out, this bundle was thrown over the wall—the officer asked me what was in it, and I said I did not know.</p>
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<interp inst="t18390916-name-408" type="given" value="JOHN"/>JOHN BRADDICK</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">police-constable F</hi> 10.) I produce a certificate of me prisoner's former conviction from Mr. Clark's office—(
<hi rend="italic">read</hi>)—I was present at his trial in this Court in 1837—he is the parson there men
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