Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 16 October 2021), January 1787, trial of JOHN SMITH (t17870110-68).

JOHN SMITH, Theft > theft from a specified place, 10th January 1787.

227. JOHN SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of December last, fifty-six pounds weight of lead, value 5 s. belonging to Henry Hall and Henry Wallis , affixed to a certain building of theirs , against the statute.

The prisoner was found in the prosecutor's, which was not inhabited; he was up the first floor chimney, and the lead was cut off and rolled up.

GUILTY .

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the first Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice WILSON.