19th May 1825
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946. THOMAS NAPPER was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of May , a watch, value 3 l.; a seal, value 2 s. 6 d., and a key, value 2 s., the goods of William Jones , from his person .

WILLIAM JONES. I am a silk weaver . On the 7th of May, about half-past nine o'clock in the evening, I was in Wilson-street, Finsbury-square - my wife was with me: a young man came by, and took my watch from my fob - he ran away in a moment; I cannot tell who it was. I gave an alarm of Stop thief! and Mr. Fisher stopped the prisoner. I saw the case of my watch, but the inside of it was gone.

SAMUEL JOHN FISHER . I was going up Smith-street, and heard the cry of Stop thief! I made a start immediately, and saw a gentleman before me stop the prisoner; he was running, and fell down, when he was stopped - he said, "Don't stop me, I have only broken a window;" he was taken to the watch-house. I found this watch-case on the spot where he had fallen.

THOMAS GOODING . I am a constable. I heard the cry of Stop thief! and when I came up I saw the prisoner, and took him to the watch-house. Fisher showed me this watch-case afterwards.

(Case produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I am innocent.

GUILTY . Aged 18.

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