Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 October 2021), July 1713, trial of Sarah Williams Elizabeth White (t17130708-15).

Sarah Williams, Elizabeth White, Theft > shoplifting, 8th July 1713.

Sarah Williams and Elizabeth White were both indicted for privately stealing 60 Yards of Persian Silk, value 6 l. out of the Shop of William Ball , on the 8th of June last. It appear'd, that the Prisoners came to the Prosecutor's Shop, and asked for some Persian Silk: Several Pieces were taken down and shown them, but they went away without buying any; that when they were gone, a Neighbour came and ask'd the Prosecutor whether he mist nothing; upon looking over his Goods he could not find the above-mention'd; immediate pursuit was made after the Prisoners, who went into an House in Black-fryars, and were deny'd by the People of the House; but the Constable breaking open the Door of a Chamber, found them both, with the Goods upon them, which were produc'd in Court, and prov'd to be his. The Fact being plain, and the Prisoners saying nothing for themselves, the Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictment.

[Death. See summary.]