Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 October 2021), June 1831, trial of WILLIAM WILSON (t18310630-223).

WILLIAM WILSON, Theft > simple larceny, 30th June 1831.

1411. WILLIAM WILSON was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of May , 9 pieces of leather, value 2s. 4d. , the goods of Joseph Bruce .

JOSEPH BRUCE . I live in Well-street, Oxford-street , and am a leather-seller . On the 26th of May, between ten and eleven in the morning, the prisoner came to my shop; I saw my wife serving him; he had dealt at the shop - when he went to pay for what he bought, she said he had some that did not belong to him; I was going up to him, and he took nine pieces of leather out of his pocket- he threw them down in the window; I collared him immediately - he tried to get away, and I had some difficulty to detain him till the Police-officer came - this is the leather - it is my property; my wife had not served him with it.

Cross-examined by MR. STURGEON. Q. He had dealt with you before? A. Yes, for small quantities - he put a shilling on the counter for what he had bought that day.

ROBERT WHOOLLY . I am a Police-constable. I took the prisoner to the office - in going along he offered me a sovereign; at least he pretended to do it; he held his hand down, and said, "There is not one coming, take it, and I will soon he out of the way;" when I got him to Marlborough-street he ran away, put I pursued, and took him - he acknowledged at the office that he had done it.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to purchase leather, as usual, and was accused of having some in my pocket - I had a handkerchief and a towel in my pocket.

The prisoner received an excellent character.

GUILTY . Aged 31.

Recommended to Mercy. - Confined Six Weeks .