Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 February 2023), December 1828, trial of THOMAS JOHNSON (t18281204-166).

THOMAS JOHNSON, Theft > simple larceny, 4th December 1828.

165. THOMAS JOHNSON was indicted for stealing, on the 28th of November , 7 sheets, value 10s. , the goods of Thomas Ewer .

THOMAS EWER . I am a broker , and live in Belton-street, Long-acre . The prisoner lodged there one night, and on the morning of the 28th of November, when he was gone, I missed seven sheets, which were safe when he went to bed - I did not know him before.

JAMES BEECHEY . I am an officer. I stopped the prisoner near Robin Hood-lane, Poplar, on the 28th of November, with these seven sheets, which he said he found in a field between the East and West India Dock-road; he at first told me they were rags.(Property produced and sworn to.)

GUILTY . Aged 26.

Confined Three Months .