ANN ROCHFORT, Theft > shoplifting, 11th January 1797.

Reference Number: t17970111-6
Offence: Theft > shoplifting
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
Punishment: Transportation
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67. ANN ROCHFORT was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of December , fourteen yards of silk ribband, value 14s. the property of Thomas Smith , privately in his shop .

THOMAS SMITH sworn. - I am a haberdasher and hosier , in Oxford-street : On the 12th of December, the prisoner came in to see some ribbands, she had a drawer put before her, I showed her them, she did not buy any, she looked them over, I never saw her before to my knowledge; I saw her take one piece, I missed two; I followed her a few yards from the door, and stopped her, one of my young women searched her, Nancy Wintersdale , I was present; she found two pieces of ribband upon her, they are my property, there is my own shop mark upon them, she denied having taken them, she acknowledged it afterwards, they cost me 7s.

NANCY WINTERSDALE sworn. - I searched the prisoner, and found two lengths of ribband in her pocket; I never saw her before to my knowledge.

Prisoner's defence. The constable took away two shawls from me, that is all I have to say.

GUILTY, (Aged 16.)

Of stealing, but not privately, in the shop .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice HEATH.


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