Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 06 December 2023), June 1831, trial of JAMES WHITEHEAD (t18310630-222).

JAMES WHITEHEAD, Theft > simple larceny, 30th June 1831.

1410. JAMES WHITEHEAD was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of May , 21 cigars, value 2s. , the goods of Theophilus Potter .

SUSANNAH POTTER . I am the wife of Theophilus Potter - we keep a shop in Warwick-place, Kingsland-road , and sell cigars. I was coming from the parlour into the shop on the 31st of May, and saw the prisoner put his hand into the box, take something out, and put it into his side pocket; I seized him by the collar, turned him round, and said, "What are you about?" I was calling my husband, and he got from my grasp - he ran out; some persons outside called the Policeman - I considered the articles not worth while saying any thing about, but the Policeman took him.

JOHN COLLINS . I am a Police-constable I saw the prisoner come out of the shop, and run off; I caught him, and took him back - the cigars had been taken from him by the prosecutrix before he went out.

Prisoner's Defence. I was going to the back of Kingsland-road - two gentlemen came and said I had been stealing some cigars; the Policeman said I had thrown some into the field - he took to the shop, and the lady said I was not the boy.

SUSANNAH POTTER . I did not - I am sure he is the boy.

GUILTY . Aged 15. - Transported for Seven Years .