Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2021), October 1833, trial of THOMAS SMITH (t18331017-115).

THOMAS SMITH, Theft > simple larceny, 17th October 1833.

1527. THOMAS SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of September , 2 gowns, value 9s.; 1 shawl, value 5s.; 3 waistcoats, value 5s.; and 1 pelisse, value 10s.; the goods of Richard Attenborough the elder, and another .

GEORGE ATTENBOROUGH . I am in the employ of Richard Attenborough the elder, and another; they are pawnbroker s; they have a warehouse over their shop in Crown-street, Finsbury-square - on the 9th of September, we missed some property from there; about 3l. worth, and on the 10th, we missed about 4l. worth, and found that a piece of wood had been removed, so that any one could get their hand up and get the articles; the wood had been replaced again; on that night I placed my boy in that loft, to give me a signal by shaking a bunch of keys, and between seven and nine o'clock, he gave the signal; I went round to the box which is under the loft, and saw the prisoner with his hand raised up drawing goods from the loft.

JOHN PAWLEY . I was set to watch in the loft - the loose board was just by my side - I waited two hours and a half, when the board was raised; I pulled the string, and they took the prisoner with this property.

JAMES HANLEY . I am an officer. I was sent for, and took the prisoner with this property.

Prisoner's Defence. I went in to pawn that shawl, two men ran out as I went in, and the witness came and took me; I know nothing of the other things.

GEORGE ATTENBOROUGH . This shawl is his own property; these other articles were about his feet; this other shawl, which is ours, was under his arm; some of these articles were hanging out of the hole.

GUILTY . Aged 35. - Transported for Seven Years .