Suspected burglars slapped with Covid fines for socialising

Two suspected burglars arrested on suspicion of raiding a pensioner’s home have also been fined by Covid – after they were found socialized in the same household.

The action comes after police received a call from a man who reported that his father’s home in Dunston, Gateshead was broken into overnight.

The son concerned had cleaned the house last Thursday (October 15) while his 67-year-old father was sick in the hospital. reports Chronicle Live.

He had also bought some new kitchen appliances and other household items and left them in the apartment in preparation for his father’s return from the hospital.

But when he returned the next day he was horrified to find that the goods he had bought to make his father’s life easier had been stolen during the night.

A vacuum cleaner, microwave, kettle, toaster, new bedding set and Amazon Fire Stick were taken away by intruders. They also stole the victim’s television set and a highly sentimental collection of coins.

The neighborhood officials quickly opened an investigation and checked the video surveillance from the common area of ​​the apartment block to find those responsible.

This investigation led to the identification of two suspects, and when they went home to one of the men they found both of them socializing.

In addition to being arrested on suspicion of burglary, they were fined £ 200 for being in the same apartment when they were in the same apartment.

The neighborhood inspector, Alan Davison, who covers west of Gateshead, praised the officials’ response, who were quick to identify the suspects.

He said, “We were able to quickly identify suspects through video surveillance and this case is a real example of officers knowing their patch.

“Not only did this work lead to the arrest of two suspected thieves, but we were also able to return the stolen property to the victim and his kind-hearted son.

“Burglary is an intrusive crime that can have a significant impact on victims, and I know it must be incredibly difficult to do when he’s already dealing with his own illness.

“I hope our quick response and the return of property have brought them some comfort during this difficult time and reassured the wider community of our commitment to dealing with burglaries.

“Not only will these two men be on trial a day ago, but they are now out of their own pockets because they made a decision not to comply with coronavirus regulations that were put in place to protect us all.”

The two men, aged 40 and 36, were charged with burglary and appeared in South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court Monday.

The 36-year-old was taken into custody and the 40-year-old was released on bail while on curfew. They will both appear in court next month.

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