12th April 1820
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510. JAMES TURNER was indicted for stealing, on the 11th of April , nine chisels, value 4 s., and one hammer, value 6 d. , the goods of Benjamin Gitkins .

BENJAMIN GITKINS . I am a stone-mason . I was at work at Mecklinburgh-square . About twelve o'clock, the time of our going to dinner, I put my tools into the passage of the house, there were nine chisels, a hammer, and other tools. I had not been more than ten minutes before my employer came and asked me if I had lost any tools - the prisoner was then in custody with them. I asked him what could induce him to rob a poor man like me, he said it was through poverty that he did it.

THOMAS GRIMSHAW . I am a carpenter, I was working on the premises. I saw the prisoner about five minutes past twelve o'clock come into the building - he was going out, and I immediately went after him. I saw him putting his hat on his head. He had eight chisels in his hat, and a chisel and a hammer in his pocket. I asked him how he came by them, he said he took them out of the passage.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I did it through distress.

GUILTY . Aged 19.

Confined Three Months .

First Middlesex Jury, before J. Vaillant, Esq.

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