Offence: Theft > grand larceny
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Middlesex Cases, Third Jury, Before Mr. Common Sergeant.
ANN NEALE . I am the wife of James Neale, who is a cabinet-maker , and lives in Liquorpond-street . On Thursday, the 4th of November, about nine o'clock in the morning, I was at the farther end of our shop, with my back towards the window; I heard one of the workmen tap at the manufactory window - I turned round towards the street door, and saw the prisoner with five pieces of velvet in his hand, which he had taken from our window; I had seen it about five minutes before. I ran to him, and took them from his hand, and asked him how he dared to take them out of the window; he said, "Do you want anything in this way - I am in the fringe line, and should be glad to serve you." He seemed confused, and stammered out something like how dare I to call him a thief; he ran away, and two men ran after him, and secured him. I kept him till Mr. Neale came home, when we sent for an officer, and had him taken into custody. The velvet was about three yards from the door.
WILLIAM THOMPSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Neale. I was in the work room, behind the shop, on the 4th of November, about half-past nine o'clock, and saw the prisoner come into the shop, and take the parcel from a chair, about three yards from the door. I alarmed my mistress, ran down stairs, and secured him.
(Property produced and sworn to.)
GUILTY . Aged 20.
Transported for Seven Years .