Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2023), April 1810, trial of WILLIAM SMITH (t18100411-113).

WILLIAM SMITH, Theft > grand larceny, 11th April 1810.

373. WILLIAM SMITH was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 12th of April , an earth rug, value 30 s. the property of Samuel Keene and John Derley .

SAMUEL KEENE. Me and my partner John Derley keeps an Upholsterers shop , No. 5, Upper Marybone-street . On Last Thursday morning, a little after nine o'clock, I saw the prisoner take the earth rug from where it hung at the door for show, he gave it to his companion, who carelessly folded it up and put it under his left arm. I made after them and the prisoner mended his pace, and the person that had got the rug threw it down, I took the rug up, and after that laid hold of the prisoner, and took him to my door, he suddenly jumped off the pavement, kicked off his shoes, and run as fast as possible; I pursued him and laid hold of him again, brought him back to my shop, and sent for a constable. This is the rug, it is mine.

Prisoner's Defence. As I was going down Noble-street to work; this man came up and challenged me with thieving a rug from his door; I told him I did not steal it; he told me he would transport me; I ran away from him, I was stopped again and taken.

GUILTY, aged 19.

Judgment respited .

Second Middlesex jury, before Mr. Recorder.