GEORGE DE LA SALLE, AUGUSTUS MOHDAUNT, Theft > theft from a specified place, 12th August 1839.

2223. GEORGE DE LA SALLE and AUGUSTUS MOHDAUNT were indicted for stealing, on the 4th of July, 290 gun-springs, value 3l. 10s. 1 tool, called a swaig, value 2l. 2 coats, value 2l. 3 waistcoats, value 1l. 1 gown, value 1l. and 1 pistol, value 5s. the goods of John Purdy, their master, in his dwelling-house; to which DE LA SALLE pleaded

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined One Year.

JOHN PURDY . I am a gun-spring maker, and live in Marmont-street, in the parish of St. George. The prisoner De la Salle is my wife's brother, and Mordaunt was my journeyman—on the night of the 3rd of July I went to bed at twelve o'clock, and left every thing safe—about two o'clock in the morning De la Salle came to me for a light, and said he was bad in his inside—about half-past five o'clock in the morning I went down, and missed a parcel of 350 springs, which I had done up the evening before for the Board of Ordnance, and some of the springs were lying about—I missed a great coat and the other things stated, to the value of about 10l.—I went to the Tower, to make it known that I had been robbed of these springs—I was told Mr. Manton was at Birmingham—I wrote to him, that if they should be offered for sale there to stop them, as I knew that they could not be sold in London—the prisoners were taken at Birmingham—Mordaunt had worked for me for nine days—I took him from De la Salle's recommendation—this is the gown which the prisoner had pawned—the springs were delivered back to me by order of the Magistrate, as the guns wore waiting for them at the Tower—I have only kept a sample of them—the other things are gone.

Mordaunt. Q. What did you give me in charge for? A. The property was found on you—you knew I was on the finish of this order, which I had been about for seven months—I am the only man in London who makes these springs.

JOSHUA REST FRANKISH . I am a police officer, and live at Birmingham. On the 11th of July, from information I received, I went to the proof-house, and apprehended the two prisoners for stealing springs belonging to Mr. Purdy—they said they had taken them, and left them at Mr. Aston's, but they had not sold them—they intended, if they got work, to send them back—I went to Mr. Aston's, and got 289 springs—I brought the prisoners to London—I found on Mordaunt this wedge, these two tools, and three duplicates—I found this gown at a pawnbroker's, and this handkerchief at another.

Mordaunt's Defence. De la Salle came to me, and said he had got some things, and meant to open a shop—he said he would give me meter wages.

MORDAUNT— GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Three Months.


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