A Sunderland worker remains stunned as suspected thieves try to sell him back his own stolen power tools
Police were alerted to a theft from a van in the Humbledon Park area of Sunderland in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 17) after the victim woke up when a car alarm went off outside the house .
The man then realized that £ 1,500 of power tools had been stolen from his van and after checking his CCTV footage he spotted two men acting suspiciously in the area.
The worker called the police and jumped into his van to search the area before seeing two men who looked like the ones in the footage from the Esso garage on Durham Road.
He was then surprised when one of the men – unaware that he was actually speaking to the victim – asked him if he wanted to buy power tools.
Officers arrived at the scene and arrested two men – aged 41 and 34 – suspected of theft from a motor vehicle.
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Northumbria Police Inspector Marie Pollock said: “We take auto crime seriously and know the corrosive impact it can have on the minds of our communities.
“The victim in this case deserves immense credit for his decisive actions. After realizing his van had been broken into, he called the police and worked with us to help guide officers to the location of two nearby suspects.
“This meant that we were able to seize various items that were allegedly stolen, including power tools and aftershave. This is an excellent result that has shown us once again the value of public reporting of incidents.
Inspector Pollock also reminded residents to take an extra second to help deter opportunistic offenders considering a quick win.
She said: “I always encourage people to check and recheck that their cars and doors are locked and that all valuables are hidden. By working together, we will continue to bring thieves and burglars to justice. “
Both men have been charged with the offense and are due in court today (Monday, July 19).