Man due in court after £18,000 brick theft from South Tyneside building site

Thousands of pounds worth of bricks were stolen from a building site in a ‘brazen’ theft, police say.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 2:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 2:35 pm

A man is now due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside after the bricks, worth an estimated £18,000, were taken from a site in the borough earlier this year.

It was reported to Northumbria Police that offenders had approached the boundary fence of a site on Adair Way, Hebburn, with a low loader and forklift truck.

The thieves then helped themselves to the recently-delivered items before making off from the scene.

The man will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed.

A 46-year-old man has now been issued with a summons to appear before magistrates on a date to be confirmed following an investigation.

The incident happened on Saturday, January 25.

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Detective Sergeant Cheryl Bainbridge, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a brazen theft that happened in broad daylight on a building site in Hebburn earlier this year.

“The bricks stolen have an estimated value of about £18,000 and we believe there to have been a high-level of planning and sophistication to this theft.

“A team of officers have been carrying out a range of inquiries since the incident and we have now served one man with a summons to appear before magistrates.

“We take crimes of this nature incredibly seriously and I hope business owners take comfort in the fact that we will use all resources at our disposal to ensure opportunistic thieves are identified, charged and put before the courts.”

Contact Northumbria Police on 101 or via the Tell Us Something page of the force website if you see anything suspicious.

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