A Strolling Woman Thief

This is from the Newcastle Chronicle, august 1766. I thought children were taken to the fields during harvest, but maybe it was a long walk for them. Hard to imagine this woman could not be found:

On Wednesday afternoon, whilst Mr Francis Holmer, farmer, at the Nag’s Head, near Plausworth, in the road from Durham to Chester, and his family were at harvest work, some of their little children being left at home, a strolling woman went in, and finding none in the house but children she decoyed them out, and them rummaged the house, and took away,  some silk handkerchiefs, a silver cup, and several sheets off the beds, besides many other things, and got off with the booty undiscovered; diligent search has been made to apprehend her, but she has not yet been taken.

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