9th September 1789
Reference Numbert17890909-140
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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723. JANE MOLLOY was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of August last, sixteen yards of printed cotton, value 34 s. the property of John Noble , privily in his shop .


I am a mercer and draper in Tavistock-street, Covent-garden ; I was not in town when the prisoner came.


I am servant to the last witness; on Wednesday, the 26th of August last, between three and four, the prisoner in company with two other women, came into the shop, and desired to look at some prints for a gown and coat; I was at that time serving the next witness, and a relation of hers in the lower part of the shop; I left them to go to the prisoner; and the other two in the middle of the shop; and went with them to the further and narrow part of the shop; and took a considerable number of prints out of the shop; while I was doing that, a very dirty man came in, and took hold of a silk in the window; I immediately got over the counter to speak to him; he did not speak to either of the women; I turned my back to the women; after he had handled the silk, he said it was too thin for a waistcoat, and went away; I returned behind the counter, and the women found fault, and took more pieces out of the window of themselves; then one of them said they would bring a pattern; I do not know which it was said so; on that, they went out of the shop; I accompanied them to the door; and observed the prisoner had something very bulky under her petticoats, as she walked very bad; the next witness came to me, and said he was certain the prisoner had something; I followed the women, and desired the prisoner to walk into the shop again, which she did; and in the space where the flap turns back to admit us behind the counter, she dropped this piece of print; I saw her drop it; I detained her, and sent for one of the Bow-street runners; she begged pardon, and offered to do any thing for me she could, if I would let her go; and affected to cry very much; she was taken away.

Court. What may be the value of this? - Thirty-four shillings.

Is it printed cotton? - Yes.

Is it your master's? - Yes.

Court. Could not you form any judgment at all, when these women were in the shop, at what time she took it? - I conceive she took it when the man was in the shop; I had no suspicion she had any thing, till I saw the bulk before her.


I was in the shop at this time.

Who was in the shop at that time? - A relation of mine, who came out of the country.

Is that relation here? - No; as the prisoner was going out of the shop, I saw a great bulk under her petticoats; and I told Mr. Nelson; I saw her brought back; I saw her shake her petticoats; and it dropped from her, I am very sure.

Did you see her take it? - No.

(The cotton deposed to by the prosecutor, by the mark and pattern.)


I went with an acquaintance to buy a gown; the gentleman pulled down a great many things; there was nothing she liked; coming out, he said come back; and the piece of linen was laying behind the counter; and he said I put it there; the other man went away.

GUILTY Of stealing, but not privately .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.

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