Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 June 2023), May 1825, trial of WILLIAM CHATFIELD (t18250519-132).

WILLIAM CHATFIELD, Theft > theft from a specified place, 19th May 1825.

988. WILLIAM CHATFIELD was indicted for stealing, on the 20th of April , a tea-caddy, value 2 l. 2 s., the goods of John Dark , in his dwelling-house .

JOHN DARK. I am a cabinet-maker , and live in Leather-sellers'-buildings, London-wall . On Wednesday, the 20th of April, when I went out in the morning, this caddy was safe; I returned at three o'clock, and it was gone. The materials it is made with did not cost me 40 s. On the Friday following the officer produced it - the prisoner was then in custody.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

BRIDGET SIMMS . I live with Mr. Dark. On the 20th of April I had been out about three o'clock, and as I came to the end of my master's window, I saw the prisoner come out of the shop, with the tea-caddy under his arm; I did not follow him: I saw him again on the Monday following, and think he is the man - he had a light fustian jacket and blue trowsers on. Nobody was in the shop.

SAMUEL BRIDGES . I am a constable of St. Luke's. I was coming down Chiswell-street on Wednesday, the 20th of April, at twenty minutes past three o'clock, and met the prisoner with something wrapped in a handkerchief; I let him pass, and saw him turn down Whitecross-street, into a narrow passage, and then into Red Lion-market-place - he then put the bundle into his apron; I collared him, and asked what he had there - he said a tea-caddy, which a gentleman gave to him in Finsbury-square, to carry; I asked where to - he said to some street in Oxford-street: I detained him, and on the Friday following I found the owner. I found two skeleton keys on him; one of which opens Dark's door; he had a fustian jacket and blue trowsers on.

GUILTY. Aged 19. Of stealing to the value of 39 s. only .

Transported for Seven Years .