Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 24 September 2021), April 1843, trial of GEORGE SCOTT (t18430403-1150).

GEORGE SCOTT, Theft > shoplifting, 3rd April 1843.

1150. GEORGE SCOTT , was indicted for stealing, on the 16th of March, 120 yards of printed cotton, value 3l., the goods of John Ayres.

DANIEL JOHN TURNER . I am apprentice to John Ayres, a linen-draper, in Whitechapel-road. On the 16th of March, between seven and eight o'clock in the morning, as I was taking down the shutters, and carrying them through to the back part of the shop, I heard a cry of "Stop thief"—I immediately went to the door, and, about fifty yards off, saw a man chasing a lad—at that moment four pieces of print were thrown into my arms, by a young man residing next door—I took, them back to the shop, and found they were part of a pile which stood about three yards inside the door—I had seen them there about two minutes before—these now produced are them, and are the property of Mr. Ayres.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What do you know them by? A. The private mark on them.

THOMAS MARTIN PYKE . I am a colonial agent, and live in Storey-street, behind the London Hospital. On the 16th of March, at half-past seven o'clock, I was in Whitechapel-road, and when within two doors of Mr. Ayres's, I saw the lad taking down the shutters, and the prisoner just before me—the moment the boy's back was turned, the prisoner whipped in—he was not in a moment—he brought out these prints—I was going to lay hold of him, and he dropped them at my feet, and ran—I pursued, calling "Stop thief"—a gentleman caught him, and gave him up to me—I took him back to the shop, and he asked Mr. Ayres to forgive him.

Cross-examined. Q. Are you sure he is the person? A. Decidedly so—I had seen him several times before.

JOSEPH BRAY . I am a policeman. The prisoner was given into my custody with the print—he first gave his name as George Cox, and afterwards George Scott.

Cross-examined. Q. That was all in a breath, was it not? A. Yes, he recalled it as soon as he had said so.

GUILTY . Aged 17.— Confined Four Months

Before Mr. Justice Cresswell.