Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
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I have a house in Great Ormond-street , which was empty. I had two large oil painted pictures in the house, the subject of one is Jupiter and Io, the other Sampson killing the Philistines with the jaw-bone of an ass; the watchman came and told me on the 30th of January last, that he had found the door open about two in the morning. I took no steps for the recovery of my pictures till about a fortnight ago, when I read in the papers that some people had been taken up for stealing pictures out of an uninhabited house in James-street, Bedford-row. I went to Sir John Fielding 's, and found my pictures at an house opposite the office.
How long is it since this house has been inhabited? - It has not been inhabited since before last Midsummer.
I am a constable in Cripplegate parish. Mrs. Shaw came to me and said she had received two large pictures of the prisoners at the bar.
What is Mrs. Shaw? - She deals in second-hand clothes. She said she had heard these two pictures were stolen out of a house which had been broke open; she brought the pictures to my house and said, the frames were in Grubb-street. She said she had lent four shillings and sixpence upon them, and was afraid of getting into trouble. I said, I would make enquiries about it.
To the prosecutor. What is the value of these pictures? - I have valued them at four shillings.
I deal in old clothes.
Do you know the prisoners? - Yes; they brought these pictures in frames to me
Are you sure the prisoners are the men? - Yes.
Have you ever had any other dealings with them? - No. I knew them; they were some days in Wood-street-Counter when I was there; there I knew them. I was discharged three weeks before Christmas; they were there, I believe, as pressed men.
I was going along Ormond-street with Million some time ago, since Christmas, it was in an afternoon. At the corner of Great Ormond-yard he said, that out of that house he and Trubshaw had got a couple of large pictures, and said they were in the possession of this Mrs. Shaw; he asked me if I knew where to dispose of them for him? I told him I would see what I could do for him, because I lived with a picture frame maker in the Strand; when I was taken up I shewed Jealous the house they were taken out of.
Million and I were in an alehouse together; this woman came and asked one of us to carry a load for her; we both agreed to go with her. We went to Whitecross-street, there I saw these pictures. Million asked her to lend him half a crown, which she did.
Court. Did they bring the pictures to you before they had been in your possession? - Yes, they brought them to me.
This woman asked me to carry them.
To the prosecutor. Is your house the corner of Great Ormond-yard? - It is.
Prisoner. Before the justice Mrs. Shaw said she received these pictures about a month ago.
Mrs. Shaw. I did not say so.
To Clarke. When did she say she had them before the justice? - She said there she had acquainted me and Phillips with it above a month ago.
Shaw. Mr. Phillips knew it between two and three months ago.
BOTH GUILTY .
Tried by the First Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILLES.