David Lazenby.
12th July 1720
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David Lazenby , of St. Andrew's Holbourn , was indicted for breaking open the House of Charles Wood , Esq ; in the Night-time, and taking thence 16 Holland Shirts, 6 Sheets, 5 Holland Bands, 4 Pillowbears, 6 Muslin Cravats, a Beaver Hat, a Cloth Coat and Wastcoat a pair of Worsted Stockings, 4 Turnovers, and divers other Goods , on the 11th of November . The Prosecutor deposed that he went out of his Chamber in Lincolns-Inn (which looks into the Garden) between 8 and 9 to drink a Glass of Wine with a Friend or two; that when he came Home about 11 he found a Stone in the Lock of his Door that he could not put his Key in; that he got a Porter to draw it out with a Fork, and opening his Door heard somebody in his Chamber, drew his Sword and went in. saw a Person get out at his Sash, and lost the Goods mentioned in the Indictment, William Downing deposed, that the Prisoner. Best (who died in Newgate) and Smith (who was Executed for it) and himself committed the Fact; that he help'd Best and Smith over the Wall into Lincolns-Inn-Gardens, where they broke into the Prosecutor's Chambers while this Evidence went round and put a Stone into the Lock to prevent surprise; that he met the Prisoner, who told him that he knew what they were upon, they had done the Business; that the Prisoner carried off part of the Goods, and had his Share of 10 s. Spent amongst them that Night, and was to have his Share of the rest next Day. The Prisoner denied the Fact, or that he knew Downing and called several to his Reputation.

He was a second time indicted for breaking open the Dwelling House of Robert Atkins of New-Inn Gent. on the 19th of November , and taking thence 2 Duroy Coats and Wastcoats, and divers other Goods . The Prosecutor deposed, that he lost his Goods out of his Chambers the Night aforesaid. William Downing deposed, that the Prisoner, Best, and himself going through New-Inn observed some Buildings, and that a Ladder which stood there would reach the Prosecutor's Window; that at Night they went and set it there, that the Prisoner and Best went up the Ladder and got in at the Window and threw the Goods out into the Garden, and this Evidence waited below; that they sold their Booty for 10 l. and the Prisoner had his Share of it: But being ask'd whether the Window was open, he said it was so Dark that he could not tell: and the Prosecutor deposed that his Man told him it was shut when he went out. The Jury found him Guilty of both Indictments Death .

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