Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), January 1830, trial of JOHN MILLS (t18300114-94).

JOHN MILLS, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th January 1830.

328. JOHN MILLS was indicted for stealing, on the 14th of December , 1 silk skirt, value 10s., the goods of John Griffiths , from the person of Charles Andrews .

CHARLES ANDREWS. I live as errand-boy to Mr. John Griffiths, of the Quadrant. On the 14th of December I was carrying a parcel for him, which contained a silk skirt, to Bridge-street, Westminster; a young man took it from me, and ran across the road with it he was about the prisoner's size, and was dressed like him: I cannot swear to his person - I believed at the time it was him.

Prisoner. Q.Did you see me snatch it from you? A. I could not swear it was you; it was a foggy night, I could not see above two or three yards.

HENRY LLOYD . I was at the corner of Carlton-street, about half-past seven o'clock that evening, and heard a cry of Stop thief! I could not see any body running - it was very foggy; the prisoner made for the street where I stood, and I made a snatch at the parcel - he darted into the road, and I after him; I scuffled with him, and knocked his hat off - he was secured by another person; he owned it was his hat. and wished me to give it up - I am certain the person who acknowleged the hat had this parcel, which was thrown down.

ROBERT ENNERES . I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoner, and have the property.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I had been to Mr. Currey, a hatter, for a situation - he was suited; I was returning, and saw the witness standing by a lamp-post - a man rushed by, and I thought he had taken off my hat; I ran after him, and I believe he dropped the parcel - a man in livery made a grasp at him, but missed him; he then took me and said, "I thought I would have one;" I said"It was not me" - I had dropped my hat, and then a man came and put my hat on.

HENRY LLOYD. I am certain the man I grappled with had the parcel - I knocked his hat off and took it up.

GUILTY . Aged 19. - Transported for Fourteen Years .