Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 February 2023), July 1718, trial of Elizabeth Cave (t17180709-30).

Elizabeth Cave, Theft > pocketpicking, 9th July 1718.

Elizabeth Cave , of St. Giles's in the Field , was indicted for privately stealing 8 s.6 d from the Person of Sampson Barret the 6th of May last. The Prosecutor depos'd, that going through Drury Lane at about 11 a Clock at Night, there was 6 or 7 Women kind standing together, who divided and made a Lane for him to go through them; that the Prisoner followed him, and going by his Side talking to him, pick'd his Pocket: He Immidiately seized her, she dropped 1 s.6 d. in the Street, and 7 s. were found in her Stocking in the Round-house. The Prisoner pleaded she received 8 s.6 d. for work , and having as Pocket put it into her Stocking for Security. But the Jury not believing her, found her Guilty of the Indictment.( Death )