26th February 1838
Reference Numbert18380226-777
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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777. THOMAS WHITING and DAVID WOOD were indicted for stealing, on the 14th of February, 3 1/2 lbs. of ham, value 1s. 9d., the goods of Richard Cook.

WILLIAM BECK THORPE . I am a butcher, and live at No. 102, Cromer-street. On the night of the 19th of February I was opposite the shop of Richard Cook, at the corner of Pindar-place, about four yards from the door—I saw both the prisoners go into the shop together—Whiting shifted a piece of ham along the window-board till he got it close to the door—he then came out of the shop with it—Wood stood before him, and could see what he was doing—when Whiting came out of the shop I caught hold of him, and he dropped the ham at my feet—I took him inside the shop, and asked Mr. Cook if he had lost any thing—he said a piece of ham—I said, "Here it is, and here is the chap that took it"—Wood was just coming out

of the shop—I stopped him—a policeman was sent for, and they were both taken into custody—I had been watching them for some time.

Wood. I went into the shop for an egg—I had not been with him above half an hour—I came down the street with him, but I did not know he had stolen any thing.

RICHARD COOK . I am a cheesemonger, and live in Pindar-place, Gray's, Inn-lane. I remember the prisoners being at my shop about ten o'clock on the night in question—Thorpe seized hold of Whiting just outside the shop, and brought him in—I was very busy at the time, and had not seen Wood—I missed the ham when my attention was called to it, and knew it to be mine when it was produced.

WILLIAM BAKER . I am a policeman. I was in Cromer-street, and heard a cry for the police—I found the prisoners at Mr. Cook's, and they were given into my charge, with the ham.

(Properly produced, and sworn to.)

Whiting. I did it from want—I had not broken my fast for two days.


WOOD*— GUILTY . Aged 18.

Confined Three Months.

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