Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2021), November 1832, trial of JAMES LITTLETON (t18321129-221).

JAMES LITTLETON, Theft > simple larceny, 29th November 1832.

222. JAMES LITTLETON was indicted for stealing, on the 17th of November , 1 box, value 3d., and 37 segars, value 2s. , the goods of Abraham Biggs .

ABRAHAM BIGGS. I am a tobacconist , and live in Great St. Andrew-street - the prisoner was a stranger. On Saturday, the 17th of November, I went out about ten o'clock in the morning, and returned a little before one, and this box of segars was gone - I had left them safe when I went out - I found them at Bow-street, and knew them to be mine.

WILLIAM RICE . I was coming up Great St. Andrew-street on the 17th of November; I saw the prisoner and another man opposite Biggs' shop, looking in at the window; I watched them, and saw the prisoner go in - he came out in a minute, and joined the other; he had nothing then - the other then went in, came out, and went in a second time - I saw him give a box of segars to the prisoner - I ran and spoke to a Policeman - we run in pursuit of them; the prisoner turned up a gateway, and I took him with the box in his possession - it had thirty-seven segars in it; I should have had the other man taken afterwards, but could not identify his face.

JOHN STARR . I am a Policeman. Rice gave me the information - I ran and apprehended the prisoner with the segars.(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner's Defence. I met a young man in Holborn; he asked me to go with him; we went round Seven-dials; he asked me to go into the shop and ask for Robinson - I went and told him he did not live there; he told me to wait; he then brought these things, and told me to hold them.

GUILTY . Aged 17. - Transported for Seven Years .