Two 19-year-olds charged with theft and vehicle offences

PUBLISHED: 22:13 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 22:13 25 September 2018

Police were called to a burglary in Southrepps. Picture: Archant

Police were called to a burglary in Southrepps. Picture: Archant

A 19-year-old from Thetford is one of two men to have pleaded guilty to a spate of thefts from vehicles in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Several vehicles were broken into between Tuesday September 18 and Thursday September 20 in Weeting, Norfolk and Red Lodge in Bury St Edmunds.

Power tools, three sat navs, cash, bank cards an i-Pod Nano and a pair of headphones were among the items stolen.

On Wednesday September 19 officers spotted a suspicious looking vehicle in the Red Lodge area and, after conducting an investigation, arrested two suspects while recovering some of the stolen property.

Connor Stembarski, of no fixed address, was later charged with eight counts of theft, one count of driving without insurance, and one count of driving while disqualified.

Joseph Cousins, of Guildford Way in Thetford, was charged with eight counts of theft.

Both appeared at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Saturday September 22 where they pleaded guilty to all charges.

The pair were remanded in custody and will appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday October 11 for sentencing.

Sgt Steve Duncan from Mildenhall Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This was a great bit of partnership work between CID, Roads Policing and the local patrol officers.

“The great observational work by the patrol officers who saw the suspect vehicle prompted some quick-time investigative work to locate some of the stolen items and consequently secure these two arrests and charges.

“I’d take this opportunity to remind motorists that there are there are a number of measures that they can take in order to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of theft, including not leaving valuables on show in vehicles and parking in well-lit areas.”

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