Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 August 2022), February 1696, trial of Richard Lewis (t16960227-6).

Richard Lewis, Theft > pocketpicking, 27th February 1696.

Richard Lewis , of the Parish of Saint Dunstan's in the East , was indicted for feloniously picking the Pocket of Michael Rixon on the 14th of February last, of 86 Guineas, one other 20 s. piece of Gold, and Eleven Pound 15 Shillings and Sixpence . Mr. Rixon declared, That as he was walking through a Victualling House by Bear-key , the Prisoner came up to him and pickt his Pocket of the aforesaid Money; and the Prosecutor presently finding his Pocket something lighter, cast his Eye upon the Prisoner, and found in his Bosome his Bag covered over with a Glove: There was another Evidence that declared that he did see the Prisoner follow him into the House; and the Prisoner had but very little to say for himself, nor could call none to his reputation; the Jury considering the same, found him guilty .

[Death. See summary.]