Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 18 August 2022), January 1833, trial of THOMAS SMITH (t18330103-138).

THOMAS SMITH, Theft > simple larceny, 3rd January 1833.

Third Middlesex Jury. before Mr. Sergeant Arabin.

390. THOMAS SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 31st of December , 1 coat, value 2l. , the goods of James Hales .

JAMES HALES. I am a cheesemonger , and live at Bethnal-green-road . On the 31st of December, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I saw the prisoner run out of the parlour behind my shop; I do not know how he had got in; he threw this coat out to two other boy s at the door, and went back, I suppose to get something else - I did not see the coat in his possession; I asked what he wanted; he said 1d. worth of cheese: I looked round, and saw my coat was gone, and detained him - nobody but him could have taken it; there was no one in the house, but my sister.

MARY ANN DRAPER . I was at the next house, and as I stood at the door, I saw a coat flung out of the prosecutor's shop; I did not see who by - two young lads picked it up, and ran away with it; they made their escape.

JOSEPH PEARSON . I was coming down the Bethnalgreen-road, and saw a coat thrown out at the prosecutor's door; a boy ran up, put it under his arm, put it in his apron, and went off - I went to the shop, and saw the prisoner in the shop; the prosecutor had hold of him - nobody had come out of the prosecutor's shop, for I went up to the door directly; nobody but the prisoner or prosecutor could have thrown it out.

HENRY WEBB . I am an officer. I took him in charge in the prosecutor's parlour.

GUILTY . Aged 13. - Transported for Seven Years .