Two burglars jailed after vigilant neighbour saw them peeking through neighbour's window
25 Jan | 10:15

Two burglars have been jailed after a vigilant resident saw them peeking through a neighbours window in Newcastle.

Constantin Ciobanica and Daniel Pandel have been convicted of burglary after the call from a concerned member of the public just before 3am on Monday, August 20.

A court was told how the man had spotted two men acting suspiciously outside a house on Teesdale Gardens in High Heaton.

He watched on as Ciobanica and Pandel, who are both Romanian, pulled open a neighbour's window and peered inside the empty property.

Officers were deployed to the High Heaton and found the two men walking nearby. They matched the description provided by the caller and were arrested.

Ciobanica was searched by police who found a draw string bag stashed in his coat which contained an HP laptop and a wallet.

They also seized a quantity of Thai Baht currency and a black FitBit watch which were linked to a burglary earlier that evening on Weldon Crescent.

All the stolen goods were returned to the rightful owners and Ciobanica, 37, was charged with two counts of burglary and Pandel, 28, was charged with one count of burglary.

Both men pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court and yesterday (Thursday) Pandel, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 18 months and Ciobanica, also of no fixed abode, was jailed for 28 months.

Following the case, Detective Sergeant Dave Lumsden said the convictions may not have been possible without the vigilance of the local resident.

Det Sgt Lumsden, of Northumbria Police's Central Burglary Team, said: "This is a great example of how the local community play an important role as the eyes and ears of the police.

"We do deploy officers on patrol in areas where burglaries have taken place but we can't be everywhere at the same time.

"If it wasn't for that resident calling in then we may never have recovered the stolen goods or put these two men before the court.

"They are now both facing lengthy spells behind bars and it should send a strong message to those who think they can get away with this type of offending.

"You don't have to just worry about police catching you in the act because members of the public are on our side too."

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You should always call 999 in an emergency or if you are witnessing a crime in action.


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