Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), September 1719, trial of Henry Davis (t17190903-7).

Henry Davis, Theft > theft from a specified place, 3rd September 1719.

Henry Davis of St. Dunstan in the West , was indicted for feloniously stealing 4 Brass Candlesticks, value 8 s. out of the House of Benjamin Mush , on the 25th of August last. It appeared that the Prisoner and two other went into the Prosecutor's House and had two Pints of Drink in about three Hours time; that they enquiring among themselves how the Reckoning should be paid, the Prisoner bid them run away with the Candlelocks, and had pay the Reckoning in the mean time; accordingly he call'd the Prosecutor to take his Reckoning, and stretcht himself out to receive his Change, there by giving his Companions the better Opportunity to run away with the Goods, which they did; the Prosecutor's Sister perceiving the matter ran after them, and tho' she could not overtake them, brought back two of the Candlesticks, which they dropt in their Flight, and the Prisoner was secured. The Prisoner in his Defence deny'd that he knew any thing of their going away with the Candle-sticks; but it appearing plainly by the Evidence that it was a Contrivance between all three of them, the Jury found him Guilty to the value of 10 d. Transportation .