10th January 1787
Reference Numbert17870110-26
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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185. MARY ALLEN, alias CONNER , was indicted for stealing, on the second of January , one man's hat, value 12 s. the property of George Jones , privily in his shop .


I live No. 4, Broad-street, Bloomsbury ; I am shopman to Mr. George Jones , a hatter ; about six in the evening, of the 2d of January, a woman came in and asked for one Mrs. Smith, a washerwoman; she said she was directed there; while I was speaking to her in the shop, I heard a rustling of some people; I called Mr. Jones's son, who worked backwards, to know how many cocked hats there were in the shop window, he told me four, I saw but three; I immediately went out, it was dark; I did not see the prisoner in the shop; I went half-way up the street, and returning I heard a noise just by Crown-court, Broad-street; there I saw the prisoner in custody of Mr. Jones's son, I assisted him in taking her to the shop; he found the property on her.


I was at work in the back shop, and Dorrington asked me how many cocked hats there were in the window, I told him four; in the mean time he told me to stop in the shop, and he ran out to see if he could find the woman, a woman that was in the shop said she would go to the pork-shop; I followed her, and she came up to the prisoner, and then I saw the prisoner have the hat under her cloak, I laid hold of her, and said she had stolen the hat; she dropped the hat, and clapped me round the waist, and said my dear how do you do; then I caught hold of them both, and the prisoner hit me with a half sieve, which she had on her head, and the other woman kicked me; I could not hold them both, and the other ran up Crown-court, I was afraid to follow her.

Could any person have taken this hat without being in the shop? - She might stand in the passage and take it; I did not see the prisoner in the shop.


I took charge of the prisoner and the hat.

Dorrington. The value of the hat is eight shillings and sixpence.


A woman was shewing me the hat who wanted to sell it.

GUILTY Of stealing, but not privily .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice ASHURST.

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