Two suspected burglars have been arrested after residents were threatened during a terrifying home raid.
At about 3.45pm on Saturday police received a report that an intruder had gained entry to a residential flat in the Shieldfield area of Newcastle.
A 23-year-old who was in the address at the time confronted a man who had a scarf covering his face.
The intruder had taken the residents’ MacBook laptop and two Playstation 4s before the victims challenged him at the address on Falconer Street.
However, the burglar then told the men that he had a knife and would stab them before he fled the scene.
Officers were immediately dispatched to the area and carried out a search before locating a suspect nearby.
He was arrested alongside a second man and property belonging to the victims was also recovered during the searches.
The two men have since been charged with burglary and appeared in court today (Monday) where they were remanded in custody.
Detective Sergeant Dave Lumsden oversees the work of Northumbria Police’s burglar hunters and praised the response of officers.
He said: “This would have been a terrifying incident for the victims but they did exactly the right thing, stayed calm and contacted police.
“We were able to respond quickly and two suspects were arrested nearby before our officers were able to locate the stolen items.
“They have since appeared in court and have been remanded in custody ahead of a future appearance at Newcastle Crown Court.
“It was a great bit of work by 24/7 officers in the area and I hope the quick response reassures residents in the city.”
Det Sgt Lumsden is part of the Central Burglary Team, a team of dedicated burglar hunters who analyse every incident that takes place across Newcastle and Gateshead.
They review prolific offenders and monitor hotspots so they can identify those responsible for burglaries and try and prevent them taking place in the first place.
He added: “It appears that the intruders gained entry to the address by scaling a balcony to get to a first floor window that was unlocked.
“We would encourage residents to make sure their homes are secure as burglars will look for any way possible to get into an address.
“Our officers carry out patrols in areas we know opportunistic thieves may be operating but a few simple steps can help prevent you being targeted.”
The two men arrested, aged 49 and 26, appeared before Bedlington Magistrates Court this morning charged with one count of burglary.
They were remanded to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on November 25.