Ann Ward, Bridget Fream, Theft > shoplifting, 26th February 1735.

Reference Number: t17350226-10
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty; Not Guilty
Punishment: Transportation
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10. Ann Ward , and Bridget Fream , were indicted for privately stealing a Piece of Sattin, value 40 s. the Goods of John Brice , in his Shop , April 22 .

Stephen Brice , Junior. The Prisoners came into our Shop, in Chandois Street, Covent Garden , and looked upon some striped Thread Sattins and at last bought 14 Yards. I heard a Piece fall, and one of them took it up and laid it on the Counter. I observed that they were shuffling something under their Riding-hoods, and I told Mr. Young, that I suspected they had stole a Piece, upon which he presently follow'd them, and found this Piece of Sattin upon Ward - This was about noon.

Hezekiah Young. I overtook Fream first, and turned up her Cloak, but finding nothing there, I stopt Ward, and found the Sattin upon her. They were both carried to Covent-Garden Round-house: and the same Day examined before Justice Hilder, who granted a Warrant for commiting them to

the Gatehouse, but in their way thither, with two Constables with them in a Coach and the Beadle behind, they were rescued, by several Men. We afterwards found the Prisoners committed to the Gate-house for a Fact of the same kind.

Thomas Parr , confirm'd the Evidence at the Rescue as in the following Tryal.

The Jury found Ward Guilty and acquitted Fream.

[Transportation. See summary.]


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