16th February 1774
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169, 170. (M.) JOHN GEE , and JOHN FITKIN , were indicted for stealing one long plane , value 18 d. one ogee, value 1 s. one moving fillister, value 1 s. and one rabbit plain, value 6 d. the property of Matthew Simpson , Feb. 15th . ++

Matthew Simpson . I am foreman to Mr. Ralph Adams in Portland-square ; on Wednesday the 16th in the morning some tools were missing; they were found the next day.

Jonathan Man . I looked after some houses that were not finished; one of them was broke open, and thirteen planes stole belonging to different persons that worked for me. On Thursday morning I saw the prisoners take some of them out of a saw-pit that joined to the New Inn by Tyburn turnpike; I followed them to the place where they were stolen from; then I secured Fitkin, and Fitkin bid Gee deliver himself for he was taken; then Gee dropped two planes and jumped over the ditch; the lamp-lighter took up the planes; I can swear to them; they were carried before Justice Cox and committed; Fitchet had the care of the planes.

Richard Fitchet . I attend the Rotation Office; three of us carried the planes there; Mr. Man has had the care of them since.

Man. They have been locked up in a room; I am sure they are the planes that were taken that night. (The planes produced and deposed to).

Thomas Hart . I saw Gee several times about the buildings where the tools where hid; I saw them both come in the afternoon and look into the saw-pit they were put in.

The prisoners in their defence said they were innocent of the charge.

They each called two witnesses who gave them a very good character.

Both Guilty . T .

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