Thomas James.
14th September 1752
Reference Numbert17520914-10
VerdictNot Guilty

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409. (L.) Thomas James was indicted for stealing one silk handkerchief, val. 10 d. the property of John Carous , Aug. 20 .

John Carous . On the 20th of August, about a quarter before ten o'clock, as I was coming up Snow Hill , I felt something in my pocket, and turning round, saw the prisoner behind me. I missed my handkerchief, which I had used about a quarter of an hour before, and challenged him with it. He ran for it; but I called, Stop thief, and he was taken, tho' I did not see him taken.

Edward Woodcock . About a quarter before ten, on the 20th of August, coming down Snow Hill, I heard a cry of stop thief, and saw the prisoner come running down. I stepped cross the road, and took him by the collar; he attempted to get from me; but when he could not, he said he was runing after him. The handkerchief was found as soon as I had hold on him half a minute, about two or three yards from us. There were three or four people came up to me before I saw it taken up.

Q. to the prosecutor. Was any body near at the time you felt something at your pocket?

Prosecutor. Not within ten yards.

John Trueman . Coming up Snow Hill at this time, I ran at the cry of Stop thief. Mr. Woodcock had hold of the man. I saw a handkerchief lie on the ground, at the place where he was taken, or within three yards. There were not above three or four people come up then. I took it up, and Mr. Carous owned it.

Prisoner's Defence.

I know nothing of it.

Acquitted .

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