Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 November 2022), January 1838, trial of JOHN DAVIS (t18380101-318).

JOHN DAVIS, Theft > shoplifting, 1st January 1838.

318. JOHN DAVIS was indicted for stealing, on the 27th of December, 1 hat, value 5s. 6d., the goods of Henry Joseph Niblett.

JOHN SAUNDIRS . I am shopman to Mr. Henry Joseph Niblett, a silversmith and pawnbroker, in Farringdon-street On the evening of the 27th of December I was in the shop, and saw the prisoner about half-past seven o'clock, as I was engaged serving a customer—I observed the prisoner come and take a hat off a peg—he ran off across the road—I pursued and took him with the hat in his possession—he made a desperate resistance, and tried to get away, but I succeeded in keeping him—he did not strike me, but tried to get from my grasp—this is my master's hat.

GUILTY *. Aged 31.— Confined Six Months.