12th January 1820
Reference Numbert18200112-61
VerdictNot Guilty

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269. CHRISTOPHER CRANE and ISAAC CRANE were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of December , 3 lbs. of cheese, value 3 s.; 1 lb. of pork, value 6 d.; twelve ounces of butter, value 1 s.; one bason. value 2 d., and two plates, value 3 d. , the goods of Peter Mere Latham , Esq .

RICHARD BEDUS . I am servant to Dr . Peter Mere Latham , who lives in Gower-street, Bedford-square . On the 5th of December, these things were all safe in the larder at the back of the house - next morning I found the larder stripped of every thing. I traced a man's foot round the garden, over the wall, and into the mews.

SAMUEL FURZEMAN . On the 5th of December, about eight o'clock in the morning, I was in Seven Dials, and saw the two prisoners coming out of Earl-street - I knew them before; they had a bag and a basket. I stopped them at the corner of Belton-street, and asked them what they had got? They said a little victuals. I took them to a public-house, and found it was the articles stated in the indictment. I went to Isaac Crane 's house, and there found a piece of sage cheese, and between 1 and 2 lbs. of lead. Christopher Crane said his father was innocent, for he only helped him to carry it.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

CHRISTOPHER CRANE 'S Defence. I had it from my mother, met my father in Oxford-street, and asked him to carry it.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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