Community policing at its best and I don’t mean by community policing a PCSO occasionally cycling through your housing estate.
Mantas Blaudziunas, 25, pictured, and Zilvinas Sindickas, 26, broke into a property in Coates Road, Whittlesey, about 6 miles from Peterborough, on the morning of July 11th. When I was a saucepan lid (kid) villains were from the East End of London now they appear to be from the east end of Europe. I hate to cast aspersions or as my dear old mum would say nasturtiums but Peterborough has had an enormous influx of eastern Europeans turn up taking our jobs since UK opened up the floodgates to migrant workers, 16,000 or so in fact.
Anyway the scroats searched every room, helping themselves to cash, jewellery and electrical items even breaking into a child’s piggy bank, stealing his £10 savings.
But, this is the community bit of the story, eagle-eyed neighbours spotted the pair leaving the home with a filled sports bag and called police and the first officer on the scene gave chase on foot and arrested Sindickas. Further officers joined the search and Blaudziunas was found hiding in a car in Church Gardens. A local hue and cry, excellent stuff.
Neighbours then helped police trace the holdall which had been dumped in a wheelie bin. The stolen property was recovered along with a hammer and part of the lock from the house. Stone the crows they even stole the ‘bleeding’ lock! Blaudziunas, of St Michael’s Avenue, Wisbech, and Sindickas, of Jubilee Walk, Wisbech, both admitted burglary. Blaudziunas was jailed for three years and four months at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (October 5th). He was also disqualified from driving for two years. Sindickas was sentenced to nine months.