Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 07 October 2022), February 1833, trial of JOHN JONES (t18330214-138).

JOHN JONES, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th February 1833.

Second London Jury, before Mr. Common Sergeant.

565. JOHN JONES was indicted for stealing, on the 7th of January , 1 handkerchief, value 5s., the goods of Frederick Rheinlander , from his person .

FREDERICK RHEINLANDER . I am assistant to Messrs. Underwood and Todd, drapers . On the 7th of January I was walking over Blackfriars-bridge ; I put my hand to my pocket, missed my handkerchief, and found a companion of the prisoner's lifting up the flaps of my coat - I seized the prisoner's companion; he declared he had not the handkerchief, and passed it to the prisoner - I then seized the prisoner; he protested he had not got it; he got to the rails, and threw it into the water - I had seen it was my handkerchief; I detained the prisoner, and gave him to the officer - his companion got away.

Prisoner. I was a dozen yards behind him, and I ran up to see what was the matter. Witness. No, they were arm-in-arm, and close together - the prisoner was within a foot of me; I told him if he would give me the handkerchief I would let him go.

ROBERT MASON (City Police-constable 91). I went up and took the prisoner - he said another person took the handkerchief, and he had nothing to do with it.

GUILTY *. Aged 19. - Transported for Fourteen Years .