Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), July 1768, trial of John Pinchest (t17680706-43).

John Pinchest, Theft > petty larceny, 6th July 1768.

458. (L.) John Pinchest was indicted for stealing a linen handkerchief, value 10 d. the property of George Reynolds , June 23 . ++

George Reynolds . On the 23d of June, about five or six in the evening, I was standing at the Rose and Crown door facing the Custom-house; the prisoner made a false stagger against me; I did not know that I had lost any thing; a little boy said, that man has picked your pocket; I went and took him by the collar; my maid s ervant will give a farther account, she found my handkerchief in his pocket, I saw it taken out (produced in court and deposed to.)

Elizabeth Pollard . My master and mistress were at the door, somebody said, that man has picked Mr Reynolds's pocket; my master got him by the collar; I put my hand in the prisoner's pocket, and took out my master's handkerchief.

Prisoner's defence.

I seeing the handkerchief lying on the ground, took it up, and the gentleman ran after me, and clapped his hand on my shoulder, and said I had got his handkerchief.

Guilty . T .