Charles Ray, John Winslow.
4th December 1730
Reference Numbert17301204-18
VerdictsGuilty; Not Guilty

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Charles Ray , of St. Martin's in the Fields , was indicted for feloniously stealing 5 Silver Watches, value 30 l. in the Dwelling-House of Paul Beauvau , the 29th of October last. And John Winslow was likewise indicted for receiving one of the said Watches, knowing it to be stolen .

The Prosecutor depos'd, He lost his Watches out of his Shop, but he could not tell at what time, nor how they were stolen.

Mary Ray , the Prisoner's Wife, depos'd, That she went to John Winslow 's Cellar, and told him, she had a Favour to ask of him, but he must not divulge it; that she knew a young Woman, that had not been long about the Town, who had pick'd up a Gentleman , and got a Watch, but knew not how to dispose of it; that he agreed to do it, she promising him half a Guinea, and bid her bring the Woman to him the next Morning, that then she said she would tell him the Truth, that she had stolen it her self, that he said then they knew better what to do between themselves; that then she gave him the Watch, and also pulled out another Watch, and said, she would make a present of it to him for pawning the other; that then Winslow gave a Penny to have his Wig powder'd, put on a clean Shirt, and borrow'd a Footman's Shoes and Buckles, and went out to pawn it, and the Watches being advertis'd, he was stopp'd.

It appear'd by other Evidences, that Charles Ray was a Barber, and used to trim the Prosecutor , and by going to him on that Account, found opportunity to steal the Watches; two of the Watches were found in the Prisoner's Lodgings by the Direction of Mary Ray , and the Prisoner Charles Ray could not deny the Fact, whereupon he was found Guilty of the Indictment.

John Winslow deny'd his Knowledge of the Watch being stolen, and called several Persons to his Reputation, who giving him a good Character, he was acquitted .

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