Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 02 December 2023), May 1768, trial of Andrew Hardy James Griggs , otherwise White (t17680518-30).

Andrew Hardy, James Griggs, Theft > grand larceny, 18th May 1768.

374, 375. (L.) Andrew Hardy and James Griggs , otherwise White , were indicted for stealing a woollen cloth cloak, value 12 d. the property of Thomas Perkins , April 23 . ++

Elizabeth Perkins . I am wife to Thomas Perkins , and live in Robinhood's-court, Shoe-lane . On Saturday the 23d of April in the morning, my husband was gone out to work, he opened the window before he went out; I soon heard the cry, stop thief, it awaked me; the prisoners were brought up to the window to me as I was in bed, and my cloak was brought with them, it was in my room when I went to bed.

Margaret Riley . The two lads at the bar and another, came up the court looking into all the houses; I told my daughter I believed they had some bad design, I saw them go into Mr. Perkins's house; they came out with this cardinal, I took hold of him that was without with it, the other was on the inside the house; they had been both in the house, we had assistance, and secured them both (the cloak produced and deposed to.)

Mary Bantini . About a quarter after seven that morning I saw the two prisoners and another ill-looking fellow looking in at the windows in the court, and soon after I heard the cry, stop thief; I ran to see what was the matter; I laid hold of Griggs, and held him till the people came and took him from me.

Hardy's defence.

I was going up Shoe-lane to work, I knew my fellow-prisoner by sight, having been at work at buildings with him; I saw him at the bottom of the court, another chap walked up the court; I saw a cloak lying at a door, we both offered to take it, it lay upon the threshold, I got it first; I was going on pretty fast, a woman called, stop thief, and a man knocked me down; I dropped the cloak, there was another lad secured along with us, he was seen to go through the court with a hat in his hand.

Grigg's defence.

I work for a bricklayer, I was going to work with Hardy, we saw this cloak lying, we picked it up.

Both Guilty . T .