Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2020), October 1820, trial of DANIEL CRANE CHARLES MARSH (t18201028-146).

DANIEL CRANE, CHARLES MARSH, Theft > pocketpicking, 28th October 1820.

1373. DANIEL CRANE and CHARLES MARSH were indicted for stealing, on the 19th of October , one handkerchief, value 6 s., the goods of Robert Tate , from his person .

ROBERT TATE . I am a baker , and live in High Holborn. On the 19th of October, about eight o'clock at night, I was at the bottom of Oxford-street , a person came and asked me if I missed my handkerchief? I felt and missed it - he told me to follow him, and about sixty yards off he took the prisoners - my handkerchief was not found.

CHARLES READ . I am a constable. I was in St. Giles's, saw the prisoners and another following Mr. Tate. Marsh took the handkerchief half out, and the others closed on him; a gentleman passed, and they left Mr. Tate for a moment; closed on him again, and the one not in custody put his coat up to cover. Mr. Tate's pocket, and in an instant the handkerchief was gone; they went off. I informed Mr. Tate, and secured the prisoners. I found five skeleton keys on Crane.

Cross-examined by MR. BRODERICK. Q. How far off were you - A. On the other side of the way.

NOT GUILTY .

Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.