Wrexford v. Smith
In Wrexford v. Smith, 2 Root 171 (Conn.) (1795), the plaintiff took some tobacco from a store without paying for it. Id. Responding to "an advertisement from the owner of the store," the defendant pursued the plaintiff and brought him back to the store. Id.
The plaintiff subsequently was prosecuted and convicted of the theft. Id.
On appeal, the court held that "when a theft is committed, the owner of the goods stolen, may pursue and take the goods and the thief; and so may any other person with authority from the owner; or even without, and tender the thief to justice, and he will be excusable provided the person taken is found guilty." Id.