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GEORGE SMITH, theft: simple grand larceny, 22 Oct 1788

633. GEORGE SMITH was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of October, one wicker basket, value 18 d. one bushel of walnuts, value 18 d. the property of Richard Hoy.

A second Count, laying them to be the property of Richard Crunner.

RICHARD HOY sworn.

On the 1st of this month, early in the morning, between five and six, I lost a bushel of walnuts; I was at the Rose, in Clare-market; and I left the porter, George Crunner, in care of them; I had twenty in all when I set them down; I was absent above two hours.

GEORGE CRUNNER sworn.

I was porter, and left in charge of the walnuts; while I was helping to unload other carts, they were taken.

DAVID WRIGHT sworn.

I am a watchman; I saw the prisoner near to the corner of Fleet-market; he was standing by the basket of walnuts; I asked him who they belonged to; he said, he found them; I took the walnuts and him to the watch-house.

(The basket produced and deposed to.)

PRISONER's DEFENCE.

I found the basket.

NOT GUILTY.

Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER