Pair charged with Hartest lead theft
Police have charged two people following the theft of lead from a church in Hartest near Bury St Edmunds.
It took place at some point between Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 October 2019 when lead, worth around £30,000, was stolen from the roof of All Saints Church on Lawshall Road.
Police made enquires and arrested a 32-year-old male and a 38-year-old male in Lincolnshire on suspicion of the theft of lead.
32-year-old Constantin Motescu of Sutton Hill in Telford and 38-year-old Sucea Lanourentiu of no fixed abode were subsequently charged with theft on 25 May. They were remanded and are due to appear before Lincoln Magistrates Court today (Thursday 11 June 2020).
Previous release I 21 October 2019
Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of lead from a church in Hartest near Bury St Edmunds.
It took place at some point between Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 October when lead was stolen from the roof of All Saints Church on Lawshall Road
Officers are urging residents to stay alert to suspicious activity around churches as police have also received a series of around three reports of thefts from offertory boxes in the surrounding area recently, targeting rural churches, situated in remote locations.
Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Crime team said: "As well as causing a great deal of disruption for the church membership, these crimes are also against our heritage, with no regards for the damage caused or loss of cultural heritage as a result of their actions.
"If you suspect that there are offenders on site, dial 999 as this is a crime in progress and the losses can and do amount to tens of thousands of pounds. Do not approach or disturb the offenders, as by reporting and observing discreetly, it will allow police officers the chance to get to the scene and apprehend those involved.”
Anyone with knowledge should contact police, quoting crime reference 37/63077/19
Email: Sgt Calver
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