6th December 1820
Reference Numbert18201206-160

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163. HIREN VANN was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of December , two brushes, value 1 s.; one canister, value 6 d.; ten knives and forks, value 1 s., and one tablecloth, value 2 s. , the goods of John Shout .

JOHN SHOUT . I keep the Rose and Crown, Great Warner-street, Clerkenwell . On the 4th of December, about one o'clock, the prisoner came in, he wanted a steak dressed, and had some beer and tobacco; soon after he said,

"I believe my reckoning is paid." He stopped a few minutes, and left. A gentleman in the room asked if I knew anything of him - I said No. He said he had taken some of my property. I missed two brushes from the window, and went after him - the witness brought him back. I saw the knives and forks found on him.

NATHANIEL HICKMAN . I was dining at the Rose and Crown; the prisoner sat by me. He desired me to look at a picture in the room, and asked if it was a Welch one? I said I was not competent to judge. On my turning to look towards him, he seemed confused, and pushed something into his coat-pocket. I had observed two brushes in the window - he left soon after, and I missed them. I informed the landlord, he went one way and I the other, and overtook him in Cold Bath-square. The property was found on him.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer. I was sent for, and took the prisoner in charge; I found the property on him.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 66.

Confined Six Months .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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