7th April 1824
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740. JOHN SOMERVILLE was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of February , a half-crown , the money of James Rogers .

MARY ANN ROGERS . I am the wife of James Rogers , who lives in Elm-street, Gray's Inn-lane , and keeps a chandler's shop . On the 20th of February I was in the parlour behind the shop, and heard the scales move. I got up, and saw the prisoner going to the door - the till was wide open. I ran and took hold of him in the shop, charged him with robbing the till; he denied it; I missed half-a crown from it, there being only one there. I sent for an officer; he then entreated me to forgive him, and said he would do so no more; a person came in, and I got her to fasten the door, but he contrived to open it and get out - I followed him for two hundred yards, crying Stop thief! and he was stopped.

THOMAS READING . I am a cabinet-maker. I heard the alarm about half-past four o'clock, and saw Rogers following the prisoner - I followed, and at the corner of Laystall-street, he was stopped. I brought him back; he said he took the half-crown - that it was his first offence, and if he was let go he would give it up.

WILLIAM READ . I am an officer - he pulled a half-crown from his pocket, and said that was it.

GUILTY . Aged 16.

Confined Two Months .

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