Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 November 2021), February 1820, trial of CHARLES ELLIOTT (t18200217-19).

CHARLES ELLIOTT, Theft > shoplifting, 17th February 1820.

368. CHARLES ELLIOTT was indicted for stealing, on the 8th of February , at St. Marylebone, six handkerchiefs, value 1 l., the goods of Martha Blakeman , widow , privately in her shop .

MARTHA BLAKEMAN . I am a widow, and keep a haberdasher's shop in Oxford-street , in the parish of St. Marylebone. On the 8th of February, about eleven o'clock in the morning, I was in my back parlour adjoining the shop - the folding-doors between the shop and the parlour were open; I saw a boy run out - nobody was in the shop. I followed the boy, and as I ran through the shop I missed five silk handkerchiefs and one cotton one; he must have crept under the counter to the end of the window to take them - they could not have been reached without creeping under the counter; I had put them there that morning. I followed him into the street, crying Stop thief! and Rickman secured him. I saw him all the way up the street till he turned the corner. I am sure he is the boy; Rickman was pursuing the boy who ran out of the shop. He brought the prisoner back, and the handkerchiefs were found in his hat - they cost me 5 s. each.

TIMOTHY RICKMAN. I am constable of St. Marylebone. I was standing in my shop, which is about thirty-six yards from Blakeman's, heard the cry of Stop thief! and ran out - the prisoner ran by my door. I pursued, and secured him about six yards off. I found the handkerchiefs in his hat.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

THOMAS BLAKEMAN . I am the prosecutrix's son. I saw the handkerchiefs found in the prisoner's hat. I was down stairs when they were taken.

Prisoner's Defence. I heard the cry, and saw a little boy about my size going along; he dropped the handkerchiefs. I told him he had dropped them; he said,

"Never mind, keep them," and I put them into my hat.

GUILTY . - DEATH . Aged 9.

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Richardson.