Two men arrested after police dog tracks down suspected burglars and stash of stolen perfume in Sunderland

A police dog tracked down two suspected burglars and stolen perfume after police were called to reports of a break in at a store in Sunderland.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 5:03 pm

Officer were called to Holmlands store on Tunstall Road in Sunderland shortly before 1am today, Wednesday, May 26 following a report of a burglary.

Police arrived at the scene after a member of the public reported that they had witnessed offenders smashing a window before stealing various items and making off on foot.

The force say they carried out a search of the area assisted by the Dog Section before PD Roxy found a scent and began to lead officers away from the scene where officers located two suspects nearby.

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PD Roxy also found a stash of stolen perfume.

The two men – aged 31 and 30 – have both been arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody.

Following the two arrests PD Roxy’s then led officers to a stash of suspected stolen perfume that had been discarded under a car.

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Detective Sergeant Chris Raper-Smith, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was an excellent team effort by everyone to detain two suspects and retrieve the items believed to have been stolen in the burglary.

"This was only possible thanks to the quick reporting by the member of the public, and their detailed information allowed us to deploy resources to the area and start to tighten the net around our suspects.

“We all know of the instrumental role that our Dog Section play in the detection of crime, and PD Roxy certainly deserved a few extra treats after her shift for helping us to retrieve suspected stolen perfume.”

Police say the two men are due to be interviewed today in connection with the break in.

Detective Sergeant Chris Raper-Smith added: “I hope this quick and robust response offers reassurance to businesses across our city – we will not tolerate crimes of this type and are committed to doing all we can to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Officers are asking anyone with information about the break-in to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log 34 260521.

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