Margaret Poland, Theft > shoplifting, 4th December 1740.

Reference Number: t17401204-51
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Not Guilty
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66. Margaret Poland , alias Irish Peg , was indicted for stealing three pair of Leather Breeches, value 7 s. the Goods of John Evans , in his Shop , Nov. 8 .

John Evans . On the 8th of Nov. between 7 and 8 at Night, the Sash of my Shop was lifted up by some body, and three pair of Breeches taken away. On the Monday Morning I sent my Man about the Trade to stop such Goods if they should be offer'd for Sale; and accordingly on the Thursday after, Mr. Cope sent me Word, that he had such Breeches brought to him to be made up; I saw and knew them to be mine. I went again to his House at Night, and found the Prisoner there; it was then too late to take her before a Justice; so the next Morning we went to the White-Bear, in Row street, and she came to us; she denyed the stealing of the Breeches, but said at first, that she bought them over against St. Andrew's Church in Holbourn; and afterwards, that she had them from a Man, who lives in a Court in Drury-Lane.

John Cope . The Prisoner brought a pair of Breeches to me to be finish'd; I imagin'd them to stole, so I stopp'd them, and gave notice to the Prosecutor.

Sarah Russel . The Prisoner left two pair of Breeches at my Room; and they were taken away by the Prosecutor.

Prisoner. Ask her if I am not a common Dealer;

Russel. Yes, and I always took her to be very honest in her Way.

Peter Sinques . I was sitting by the Fire, at Mr. Evan's, and the Sash was thrown up, and the Breeches taken out; but I did not see the Person who took them.

James Girdler . I was at Mrs. Pickeridge's, in White-Lyon-Street, on the 12th of Nov. and heard the Prisoner say, that she had bought three pair of Breeches, and some, other Things. I have known her 3 or 4 Years, and she bears a very good Character.

Ann Pickeridge . She was at my House on the 8th of Nov from 5 o'Clock, till near eleven at Night, - I never heard an ill Word of her in my Life

Rachael Fisher . I have known her between 5 and six Years. She always bore a very honest Character.

Thomas Fisher . I have known her three or four Years, and never heard no ill Character of her Acquitted .


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