Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 January 2022), October 1822, trial of JAMES LAWRENCE (t18221023-22).

JAMES LAWRENCE, Theft > theft from a specified place, 23rd October 1822.

1509. JAMES LAWRENCE was indicted for stealing, on the 15th of October , two pictures, value 50 s. the goods of John Roberts , in his dwelling-house .

MARIA HARDMAN . I am servant to a gentleman who lodges in Mr. Roberts's house. On the 15th of October, about five minutes past seven o'clock in the evening, I heard a noise and went up stairs. Some little time after, I saw the prisoner with a light in his hand - he had two large prints in his hand - he put the light on a seat in the passage, then opened the door, and took the prints out. I followed him to the top of the street, and then gave an alarm. I did not lose sight of him. He was taken in a few minutes. I am certain of his person; I saw him again in a few minutes. The prints were taken from Mr. Roberts's rooms, one from the back, and the other from the front parlour.

THOMAS PIPER . I heard the alarm, and saw the prisoner walking across the road, with two framed and glazed prints. I pursued, and only lost sight of him while a coach passed. When I came on the opposite side, I picked up one of the prints, and delivered it to an officer; I did not see him drop it. I believe he is the man who carried them, but cannot be certain.

SAMUEL PHILLIPS . I heard an alarm; the prisoner ranby me very fast; he had nothing with him. He ran towards my shop. I endeavoured to secure him; he struck me violently, and got away. I saw a gentleman stop him. I did not lose sight of him, and am certain he is the person.

WILLIAM DELY . I heard the alarm, and saw the prisoner on the south side of the Strand, walking. I went after him, and just as I got up to him, he looked round, and as I was going to collar him, he dropped the two prints. He then turned down a court into Holywell-street; he fell down in the court, and I fell on him; he was secured.

WILLIAM WOOTTON . I am an officer. The prints were brought to the office with the prisoner.

MR. JOHN ROBERTS . I live at Norfolk-street . The prints are mine. My rooms were being painted, and I do not know which room they were in. The subscription price for the print is 5 l. 5 s. - it is the Royal Academicians - I have had it twenty years, and I value it at 20 s.

Prisoner's Defence. A man ran by me. I heard a cry of Stop thief! and ran into Holywell-street - was knocked down, and charged with the theft.

GUILTY. Aged 19.

Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Confined One Year .

First Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Justice Bailey.