29th January 1838
Reference Numbert18380129-476
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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476. CHARLES COOKE was indicted for stealing, on the 22nd of January, 1 box, value 1s. 6d.; 53 printed books, value 1l. 17s.; 1 tea-caddy, value 1s.; 1 scent-jar, value 2s. 6d.; 1 drawing, value 1s.; and 1 pair of boots, value 5s.; the goods of Sarah Combley.

SARAH COMBLEY . On the 22nd of January I was at the apartments of my sister, at No. 158, Leadenhall-street—my sister called my attention to something outside the window, in consequence of which I ran down stairs, and saw the prisoner about thirty yards off, in Bishopsgate-street, with my

box on his back—I gave an alarm, and called out "Stop thief"—a gentleman stopped him going by, and a constable came up—the box contained books principally—there was the Encyclopedia, Goldsmith's Geography, and other books—there were fifty-three volumes—I had left the box in my bed-room, on the first floor—my sister lived on the second floor—the box and contents are worth between 2l. and 3l.—(looking at the property)—this is all mine.

HENRY WILSON (City-police-constable No. 34.) On Monday, the 22nd of January, I was on duty near the Flower Pot, in Bishopsgate-street, and saw the prisoner with the box on his shoulder, standing against the Flower Pot—I had seen him walking very fast before that, coming from towards leaders hall-street—the prosecutrix is my wife's stister, and had been staying at my apartment—she came up and said, "Henry, this man has got my box"—I took him into custody with the box.

Prisoner's Defence. I have a wife and four children, and am in the greatest distress, being out of employment seven months—on the day is question I went to the water-side, but could get no work, owing to the severity of the weather—I stood at the Flower Pot to get an honest sixpence—a man came up and asked me to carry the box for sixpence—I think he said to the Dolphin—I walked to the Flower Pot, and the prosecotrix came up and said it was her box—when the gentleman stopped me, I thought it was the gentleman who had employed me—I did not attempt to escape—I requested the policeman to allow me to carry the box further, as I might see the party who employed me—many persons assembled, and I walked deliberately to the watch-house.

HENRY WILSON re-examined. The house door was left open, as the house was undergoing repair—it is about two hundred yards from the Flower Pot—the address the prisoner gave me I found to be false—I have seen him about Bishopsgate-street, and have removed him several times.

Prisoner. I received the box from the man at the corner of Leadenhall street.

SARAH COMBLEY re-examined. I was in the second floor room when my sister alarmed me—she was opening the window to look for a coach, and called me—I ran down, and saw the prisoner about thirty yards from the door—he had crossed the road—I had seen the box about half an hour before—I was waiting to go off in a coach.

GUILTY . Aged 31.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined One Year.

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