8th September 1831
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1628. HENRY THOMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 2nd of August , 1 handkerchief, value 6d., the goods of John Gardner , from his person .

THOMAS CUSS . I live in Buckingham-street, Strand, and am a constable. On the morning of the 22nd of August I saw the prisoner and another lad in Smithfield , following John Gardner - I followed a little way, and saw the prisoner putting a handkerchief into his own pocket; he saw me then threw it among some sheep, and ran away- I called Stop thief! and some butchers stopped him - a boy took up the handkerchief, and gave it to me.

Prisoner. Q.Did you see me take it? A. No.

JOHN GARDNER . I live at No. 12, Gloucester-street, St. John-street-road. On the 22nd of August I was in Smithfield, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I turned, saw the prisoner stopped by a butcher, and saw some person throw my handkerchief among some sheep - it was safe in my pocket shortly before.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I have been convicted here before - I then went home, but my father could do nothing for me; I was going to get a ship when the officer laid hold of me.

GUILTY . Aged 18. - Transported for Fourteen Years .

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