Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 March 2023), April 1837, trial of HENRY SCROOP (t18370403-922).

HENRY SCROOP, Theft > pocketpicking, 3rd April 1837.

922. HENRY SCROOP was indicted for stealing, on the 9th of March, I handkerchief, value 8s., the goods of Henry Leader, from his person.

HENRY LEADER. I am a merchant, and live in Great St. Helens, Bisbopsgate. In the afternoon of the 9th of March, I was in Lime-street, in company with Mr. Flood, and when I got to a passage leading to Lea-denhall-market, I felt something touch me behind—I turned round quickly, and taw the prisoner walking away with my handkerchief in his hand—I walked quickly after him—he seeing me follow him, began to run—I fol-lowed him into Lime-street, and when within a few paces of him, he threw down the handkerchief as quick as he could from him—I took it up and called, "Stop thief"—he turned down Cullum-street, and was caught just before he got into Fenchurch-street—I am certain of his person.

HENRY STOCK FLOOD . I was in company with Mr. Leader, and saw the prisoner drop the handkerchief—he had his back to me, but I am sure he it the same person.

JAMES WALTER BREWER . I am an officer. I have the handkerchief.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

Prisoner. I know it was not me.

GUILTY . Aged 14.— Transported for Seven Years.