18th September 1820
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1220. MARIA HARVEY was indicted for stealing, on the 29th of July , one purse, value 1 d. and 13 s. in monies numbered, the property of Peter Croiley , from his person .

PETER CROILEY . I am a book-keeper , and live in Duke-street, Portman-square. On the 29th of July, about eleven o'clock at night, I was met in Oxford-street by a party of Irishmen, and was knocked down; my pockets were rifled of a silk handkerchief and other trifles; I received some severe blows; on recovering myself I found the prisoner by my side, and accompanied her to a house in Orchard-street, up three pair of stairs; I was in the same room with her and another woman; I went there for no improper purpose. I began to suspect all was not right, and pulled my purse out; the prisoner immediately snatched it from me, the candles were put out, and I was told to get down stairs or they would break my neck; I got down with some difficulty, and immediately pointed the house out to the watchman; we went in and I pointed the prisoner out; she was secured, and the purse found in the house, in the room I was robbed in; I described it before I saw it.

THOMAS ALLSOP . I was constable of the night. I was at the corner of Orchard-street; the prosecutor fetched me; I got two watchmen and found the prisoner and two other women in the three pair room; he pointed the prisoner out, and gave this account. I found the purse under the bed between the sacking and mattress, empty; he described it before he saw it.

(Purse produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I never saw him.

GUILTY . Aged 23.

Transported for Life .

Third Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

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