Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 28 January 2022), March 1835, trial of WILLIAM EDMONDS (t18350302-794).

WILLIAM EDMONDS, Theft > simple larceny, 2nd March 1835.

794. WILLIAM EDMONDS was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of February, 1 flageolet, value 15s.; the goods of William Boag and another.

WILLIAM BOAG . I was in my parlour adjoining my shop, on the 27th of February—I heard a noise at the shop door—I went out, and saw the prisoner with the handle of the door in his hand, as if opening it to go out—he asked if I could recommend him to a situation—I said, "No"—he then went out, and when he got a short distance, I saw him run—I looked about my shop, and missed a flageolet—I pursued and caught him—he struggled a good deal, and this flageolet fell from him—it is the property of me and my brother, who are partners.

Prisoner. A young man dropped this flageolet under a cab, I took it up and put it into my side-pocket, and this man took me. Witness. He took it a little after three o'clock—I had seen it safe-at twelve o'clock—there had been one person in the shop, who asked the price of some instrument—when I took the prisoner he begged me to let him go, said it was his first offence, and he would not do it any more.

GUILTY . Aged 18.—Recommended to mercy.— Confined Three Months.