17th April 1776
Reference Numbert17760417-33
VerdictGuilty > theft under 40s

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329. CHARLES DRAKE was indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 3 l. a pair of silver shoe buckles, value ten shillings, a pair of men's leather shoes, value four shillings, and four shillings and six pence in money numbered, the property of Thomas West , in the dwelling house of Patrick Mordaunt , March the 17th .


I live at Whitby, in Yorkshire; I lodged in Shadwell : the prisoner and I, on Saturday night the 16th of March, were drinking together, it was past twelve o'clock, and the landlord not having separate beds we slept together; there were three more lay in the same room: the prisoner got up about seven o'clock in the morning and went away; I got up about a quarter of an hour after him; when I got up there was a sailor in the room who missed some money out of his pocket; I missed the things mentioned in the indictment on Tuesday; I saw the prisoner on London-bridge; I followed him, and asked him how he did? to see if he would know me, he said he knew nothing of me, he never saw me before; I saw he had my shoes on; I said he was the man that robbed me: he denied it; I desired him to go with me to my lodgings, which he did.


I am a silversmith: these shoe buckles (producing them) I bought of the prisoner one evening; one of them was broke; they weighed an ounce and a quarter, and I gave him six shillings and three pence for them.

- SPENCE sworn.

I am a pawnbroker: I received this watch from the prisoner (producing it).

[The watch and buckles were deposed to by the prosecutor.]


I have nothing to say.

GUILTY of stealing to the value of thirty-nine shillings .

Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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