A MOTHER and son posed as removal workers to plunder a neighbour’s home.
Deborah Wilkinson and Daniel Payne wore overalls when they cleared out a freezer, cooker and tumble dryer worth more than £1,000 from the man’s flat in Stanhope Road, South Shields.
But the pair, who lived just two doors away from their victim, were rumbled when they were spotted in the outfits by police who recognised Wilkinson.
Wilkinson, 44, and Payne, 22, pleaded guilty to theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The victim lives two doors away from the defendants.
“At 5pm on September 3 he received a call from a neighbour saying there were people emptying his flat.
“He got there at 7.30pm and found that his freezer, cooker and tumble dryer had been stolen.
“He thought it was strange because he had the only key and there was no sign of forced entry.
“Another neighbour said he saw two people in the flat wearing removal uniforms taking out items.
“Officers then saw the two defendants who were wearing the outfits and recognised Wilkinson from previous dealings with her.”
When questioned Payne said it was his mum’s idea but she denied knowing what the officers were talking about.
They were both arrested in in his police interview, Payne admitted they had taken the goods.
Graham Cook, defending, said: “They both have drink problems.
“The items were recovered quite easily.
“This is case that can quite rightly be dealt with in this court.”
Magistrates adjourned Payne and Wilkinson’s case until October 18 for a probation report to be prepared about them.
They were both granted unconditional bail until then.