Benjamin Payne.
15th May 1771
Reference Numbert17710515-12

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335. (L.) Benjamin Payne , was indicted for stealing one silk handkerchief value 2 s. the property of Robert Bestland , May 13 . +

Robert Bestland . I was going down Cheapside near the end of Newgate-street , a butcher informed me the prisoner had picked my pocket of my handkerchief. I had observed the prisoner had followed me some time; he ran, I pursued him and called out stop thief; he was taken at the north door of St. Paul's. I took him to Guildhall immediately.

Richard Nash . I searched the prisoner at Guildhall, and found the handkerchief wraped up in a foul sheet which he had in his hat, he denied having it when he came to Guildhall.

Prisoner's Defence.

I picked the handkerchief off the ground.

Guilty , T .

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