Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.2, 18 October 2017), February 1717, trial of Elizabeth Brown (t17170227-14).

Elizabeth Brown, Theft > pocketpicking, Theft > pocketpicking, Theft > pocketpicking, Theft > pocketpicking, 27th February 1717.

Elizabeth Brown , of St. Ann's Westminister , was indicted for picking the Pocket of Philip Jones of a Silk-Handkerchief, value 1 s.6 d the 17th of February last. The Prosecutor deposed, that being at Church in the Parish aforesaid, he lost his Handkerchief; and being told by a Friend of his (Mr. William Hender ) that he had lost his Handkerchief, they went back into the Church, and seeing the Prisoner, suspected her, and carrying her into the Vestry, where was a Justice of the Peace, they took up two Handkerchiefs dropt at her Feet at the Vestry Door, and found another under her Arm, and the Bible in her Pocket. The Prisoner pleaded in her Defence, that they were given to her by a Women in the Church, whom if they had apprehended, they would have found more. The Evidence was not positive that she pick'd his Pocket. The Jury acquitted her.

She was indicted a second time, for picking the Pocket of Mark Burgess of a Silk-Handkerchief, val.1 s.6 d. in the Place, at the Time, and in the manner aforesaid: But of this she was acquitted likewise.

She was indicted a third time for picking the Pocket of William Hender of a Holland-Handkerchief, val.2 s. at the Time, Place, and in the Manner aforesaid: And of this Indictment she was also aquitted .

She was a fourth time indicted for picking the Pocket of Thomas Appleby of a Bible, value 3 s. at the Place and Time aforesaid: Of which Indictment the Jury found her Guilty .

[Death. See summary.]