Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 October 2021), February 1833, trial of THOMAS SMITH THOMAS JONES (t18330214-140).

THOMAS SMITH, THOMAS JONES, Theft > pocketpicking, 14th February 1833.

567. THOMAS SMITH and THOMAS JONES were indicted for stealing, on the 1st of February , 1 handkerchief, value 3s., the goods of John Avery , from his person .

JOHN AVERY . I am a sugar-broker , and live in Mincing-lane. On the 1st of February, about noon, I was passing the end of Gracechurch-street ; I felt a tug at my pocket - I turned, and saw the colour of my handkerchief in Jones' hand; he passed it to Smith - I seized them both, and Smith dropped it at his feet.

Cross-examined by MR. DOANE. Q. I believe this is a great thoroughfare? A. Yes, but I am positive Smith is the man who dropped the handkerchief, and that Jones gave it to him - I had seen them together for some time.

Jones. The prosecutor said that Smith took it, and now he says I took it.

JOHN AVERY . No, I can swear Smith dropped it, and I took it up - it has the mud on it now.

JONAS CLAPHAM (City Police-constable No.82). I took the prisoners, and have the handkerchief.

SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 19.

JONES - GUILTY . Aged 21.

Transported for Seven Years .