Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 17 August 2022), February 1697, trial of William Griffin John Allen (t16970224-26).

William Griffin, John Allen, Theft > burglary, Theft > grand larceny, 24th February 1697.

William Griffin and John Allen , of the Parish of St. Margaret's Westminster , were indicted for Felony and Burglary for breaking the House of John Davis on the 9th of January last, between the Hours of Eight and Nine in the Night, and taking thence 4 Shirts 2 Cravats, some Childrens Petticoats, with divers other Goods . The Evidence deposed, that the Door was lockt, and when they came home, found the Doors open, and the Goods gone; there was other Evidence that said that they took the Goods, and sold them for 20 s. The Prisoners both denied the Fact, but it did not avail them, they being known to be Offenders; the Jury found them both guilty of Felony and Burglary.

They were a second time indicted for feloniously stealing a Cloath Cloak, val. 5 l. 10 s. the Goods of the Lord George Fitzwaters . The Coachman declared that he did lose his Cloak out of the Coach-box; and as the Coachman was going off his Coach-box, they came on the other side, and took it away; there was other Evidence that was by, who did see them take it, and that they sold it for 15 s. to Griffin's Mother-in-Law, Allen, said that he never did do any such thing; that he did work hard, he being a Mason by his Trade: the matter was plainly proved against them, the Jury found them both guilty of the said Felony.

[Death. See summary.]