Robbery is not permitted to anybody now a days! shouted the publican, picking up his cap.
Robbery and pillaging continue.
The gap in the abductions we're looking at is under ten years, meaning he was probably sent up for a lesser crime that could be anything from robbery, burglary, serious assault or rape.
The brethren were aided in old age, sickness and poverty, often also in cases of loss by robbery, shipwreck and conflagration; for example, any member of the gild of St Catherine, Aldersgate, was to be assisted if he "fall into poverty or be injured through age, or through fire or water, thieves or sickness."
Thus gang robbery is apt to break out, gains head with rapidity, and is suppressed with difficulty.