Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 June 2023), April 1810, trial of THOMAS STREET (t18100411-18).

THOMAS STREET, Theft > theft from a specified place, 11th April 1810.

279. THOMAS STREET was indicted for feloniously stealing on the 1st of March , fourteen yards of kerseymere, value 7 l. the property of Thomas Jenkins , in his dwelling house .

THOMAS JENKINS . I am a mercer ; I live at 27, Fleet-street ; I keep the house and live in it.

Mr. Gurney. Have you any partners - A. None.

ANN KEMPTON . Q. You are servant to Mr. Jenkins - A. Yes. On the 1st of March, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, I was coming down stairs, I saw the prisoner come in and steal a piece of kerseymere, I pursued him and cried stop thief; in a few minutes he was brought back, I knew him to be the person that took it.

Mr. Gurney. Where was this piece of goods - A. It was on the counter near the door; I saw the prisoner come in and take the piece of goods from off the counter. There was a piece of goods on it, as he went towards the door it tumbled off, and he almost stumbled over it, and by that time I almost came up to him; I am sure it was the prisoner by his dress, and by his face.

Q. You knew him rather by his dress than by his face - A. Yes, sir.

JOHN ELMLEY . I am a clerk. I saw the prisoner run out of Mr. Jenkins's shop with a large roll of cloth, hearing the words shop thief, I pursued him, and when I was within a few yards of him he dropped the cloth; I still pursued him, and caught him; I took him back to Mr. Jenkins's shop.

Q. What became of the kerseymere - A. I saw the kerseymere in the shop sometime afterwards.

Q. When you saw him come out of the shop you never lost sight of him, did you - A. No.

THOMAS SMITH . I am an officer. I took charge of the prisoner; the cloth was delivered to me; I have had it ever since.

Q. Mr. Jenkins - Look at that kerseymere - A. I have no hesitation in saying that it is mine.

Q. How lately had you seen that kerseymere before it was taken - A. In the course of the day. It was near the door, on the counter; I can swear it is my property. The person is not here that brought it into my shop; I saw it brought in.

Q. What may be the value of it - A. Seven pounds;I have undervalued it considerably.

The prisoner left his defence to his counsel, called four witness, who gave him a good character.

GUILTY - DEATH , aged 20.

[ The prisoner was recommended to his Majesty's mercy on account of his good character .]

London jury, before Mr. Recorder.