Violent Theft > robbery, 9th September 1675.
One of the first that was arraigned for Fellony and Robbery was a person that was supposed to be a Confederate with those that rob'd a Gentletleman about Lambs-Conduit , formerly mentioned in the Gazet. The prisoner it seems had been an
old acquaintance of the
Gentleman that was rob'd, and had (as was alledged) both that day and at several other times importuned him to walk in the fields, but it seems the Gentleman, either through infirmity or mistrust, had of a long time with stood his importunity, but at last over-come by it, he did take a walk with him almost as far as Pancridge Church, till it grew toward the Close of the Evening; and then seeing two Fellows whom he look'd upon as suspitious persons, he desired to return homeward, and they did so, both together, and in the field next to Lamb's-Conduit parted, which they had no sooner done, but the Gentleman found himself assaulted very furiously, and handled very roughly by four or five fellows, who bastinado'd him sufficiently, and took from him Gold, Silver, and Rings, at a considerable value, and so very fairly departed. They were no sooner gone, but his pretended friend came up to him, his hands ty'd behind him with a Ribbon, and affirmed that he had likewise been rob'd, and had lost eighteen shillings in money, &c. However the Gentlemen look'd upon this as nothing out a pretence, and in a short time after caused him to be apprehended, but upon the summing up of the Evidence the honourable Court thought fit to acquit the Prisoner upon condition he found sureties for his better behaviour for the future .
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