Two men are due to appear in court charged with theft from a motor vehicle following the incident in Sunderland
A workman who had power tools stolen from his van was left stunned when he confronted the two suspected thieves - and they tried to sell them back to him.
In the early hours of Saturday morning (July 17), police were alerted to a theft from a motor vehicle in the Humbledon Park area of Sunderland.
The victim woke up to a car alarm going off outside the house and upon further inspection realised £1,500 worth of power tools had been stolen from his van.
After checking his CCTV footage, the victim spotted two men acting suspiciously in the area called police - while jumping into his van to search the area.
Moments later, the victim saw two men who looked similar to those on the footage at the Esso garage on Durham Road.
He was then taken aback when one of the males – unaware that he was in fact talking to the victim - asked whether he wanted to buy any power tools.
Police were quickly on the scene and arrested two men – aged 41 and 34 – on suspicion of theft from motor vehicle. They have since both been charged with the offence and are due to appear in court today (Monday).
Inspector Marie Pollock, of Northumbria Police, said: “We take car crime seriously and know the corrosive impact that it can have on the spirit within our communities.
“The victim in this case deserves huge credit for his decisive actions. After realising his van had been broken into, he called police and worked with us to help guide officers towards the location of two suspects nearby.
“That meant we were able to seize various items believed to have been stolen including power tools and after shave. This is an excellent outcome that once again showed the value of the public reporting incidents to us.
“As a result, two suspects will appear before the courts to answer their respective charges.
“Our officers will continue to patrol hotspot areas and are committed to taking swift and robust action against thieves and burglars, and this case once again highlights how the public can work hand-in-hand with us in order to ensure our city remains a safe place to live and work.”
Insp Pollock also reminded residents to take an extra second to help deter opportunistic offenders eyeing a quick win.
She said: “Quite often, thieves can go street by street trying car or house doors in the hope that one is unlocked. If they are locked, they then move on to the next car and next street.
“I’d always encourage people to check and double check that their cars and doors are locked, and any valuables kept out of sight. By working together, we will continue to bring thieves and burglars to justice.”
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who may have information to assist the investigation is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20210717-0207.
Note to editors: Scott King, 41, of Avonmouth Road, Sunderland & Christopher Robinson, 34, of no fixed abode, both charged with theft from motor vehicle. Both men are due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).