16th August 1847
Reference Numbert18470816-1724
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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1724. JOHN JONES and ROBERT LAWRENCE were indicted for stealing 1 handkerchief, value 2s. 6d., the property of a man unknown, from his person.

JOHN DAVIES (City police-constable, No. 551.) On the 25th of July, at half-past nine o'clock at night, I was on duty in King William-street, and saw the prisoners both together, watched them, and saw Lawrence put his hand into several gentlemen's pockets—Jones was behind him—I followed them up to New-gate-street, and they then changed their coats—one had a blouse on—he put on a jacket—I followed them to Ludgate-hill, met another officer, and told him to come with me—I then saw Lawrence attempts a gentleman's pocket on Ludgate-hill, and further on he took a handkerchief out of a gentleman's pocket and put it into his jacket—Jones was with him—we followed the prisoners to Fleet-street and took them both—there were two handkerchiefs found on Lawrence and one on Jones—I do not know who the gentleman was from whom they took the handkerchief—if we had gone after him the prisoners would have made their escape.

Jones. He said at the station-house that one handkerchief was found on Lawrence and two on me, and he asked if there was any mark on it.

Witness. We put the question—I do not know whether there is any mark—I did not look.

HENRY ROWE (City police-constable, No. 356.) I was with the last witness, and saw Lawrence draw this handkerchief from a gentleman's pocket on Ludgate-hill—Jones was directly behind him—directly the pocket was picked the prisoners turned and separated—they went down Fleet-street, and we missed the gentleman—I took this handkerchief from the seat of Jones's trowsers—this white handkerchief came from Lawrence—this third handkerchief I believe they said belonged to themselves.

Lawrence. Q. Did you ask me if there was any mark on it? A. Davies said, "Is there any mark on it?"—you said, "No."

Lawrence's Defence. I had been out of employ three weeks; I was returning from my uncle's, in Cannon-street, and the policeman took me; I asked him what for, and he said, "You have been hard at it to-night;" I said, "What do you mean?" he took this handkerchief out of my pocket, and said, "This is the one;" I said, "what one? I worked hard for the money that brought that;" he said, "Was there any mark on it?" I said, "No;" I am innocent.



Confined Four Months.

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