Definition of RING DROPPING


RING DROPPING

crim. law. This phrase is applied in England to a
trick frequently practised in committing larcenies. It is difficult to define
it; it will be sufficiently exemplified by the following cases. The prisoner,
with some accomplices, being in company with the prosecutor, pretended to find
a valuable ring wrapped up in a paper, appearing to be a jeweller s receipt for
"a rich brilliant diamond ring." They offered to leave the ring with the
prosecutor, if he would deposit some money and his watch as a security. The
prosecutor having accordingly laid down his watch and money on a table, was
beckoned out of the room by one of the confederates, while the others took away
his watch and money. This was held to amount to a larceny. 1 Leach, 238; 2
East, P. C. 678. In another case under similar circumstances, the prisoner
procured from the prosecutor twenty guineas, promising to return them the next
morning, and leaving the false jewel with him. Thiswas also held to be larceny.
1 Leach, 314; 2 East, P. C. 679. In these cases the prosecutor had no intention
of parting with the property in the money or goods stolen. It was taken, in the
first case while the transaction was proceeding, without his knowledge; and, in
the last, under the promise that it should be returned. Vide 2 Leach, 640.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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