Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 May 2018), December 1781, trial of ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS (t17811205-50).

ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS, Theft > grand larceny, 5th December 1781.

58. ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS was indicted for stealing one copper turbot-pan and cover, value 14 s. the goods of Thomas Gardner .

Thomas Gardner deposed, that on Saturday, about five o'clock in the evening, the 17th of November , he found a number of people about his door, who informed him, a woman, who was the prisoner at the bar, had stole a copper turbot-pan and cover from the door; the prisoner was then in custody in his shop. (The pan was produced in court, and deposed to by him as his property.)

John Punnel deposed, he was in the shop about five o'clock, and saw the woman put something under her cloak; laid hold of her, and took it from her; that she had got about three yards from the shop, when he stopt her. His master is a broker; I brought her back to the shop.

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I was coming down this place, called Broker's Alley ; my gown pulled it down, and I picked it up, and this man came by and laid hold on me, and carried me into the shop; the woman asked me how I came by it, and whether I was going to steal it: I told her No.

GUILTY .

To be privately whipped and discharged.

Tried by the London Jury, before Mr. RECORDER.