Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 29 January 2023), September 1831, trial of JOSEPH THOMAS (t18310908-74).

JOSEPH THOMAS, Theft > pocketpicking, 8th September 1831.

1602. JOSEPH THOMAS was indicted for stealing, on the 4th of July , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of William Henry Whitehead , from his person .

WILLIAM HENRY WHITEHEAD. I am a solicitor . I was in the narrow passage leading from Lincoln's Inn New-square , to Serle-street , about a quarter before three o'clock in the afternoon of the 4th of July; my nephew, who was with me, told me my handkerchief was taken -I turned and found it on the ground in a corner, where it could not have dropped; it had been in my pocket - the prisoner, who was close behind me, was pointed out, and I called an officer.

JOHN ALEXANDER BEGBEE . I was walking a little behind my uncle, and saw the prisoner put his hand into the pocket and pull the handkerchief out; I told my uncle immediately - the prisoner put the handkerchief into his pocket, but when I told my uncle he took it out, and threw it on the ground.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I was walking in the passage - there were several persons there; a person tapped me on the shoulder and said, I had picked that gentleman's pocket.

GUILTY . Aged 16. - Transported for Seven Years .