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EASTER EGG THIEF: Police arrest woman after discovering boot full of Easter eggs

EASTER EGG THIEF: Police arrest woman after discovering boot full of Easter eggs

Image from Northumbria Police

A suspected shoplifter was snared by police after a routine vehicle stop led to them uncovering a haul of stolen Easter eggs.

At about 11.15am on Tuesday officers were on patrol in Washington when they came across a vehicle linked to a suspected theft. It was reportedly linked to a theft at the Iceland in Blaydon where chocolate and booze had been swiped from the shelves. Officers signalled for the Vauxhall Astra to stop and quickly uncovered hundreds of pounds worth of booze and Easter eggs stashed in the vehicle’s boot.

The 49-year-old female driver was arrested on suspicion of theft and the chocolatey goods have been seized.

Inspector Dean Hood, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, praised the proactivity of the traffic officers who made the stop. He said: “This was a fantastic stop by our motor patrols officers did not hesitate to act on their suspicions when they saw this vehicle.

“Vehicle checks linked the Astra to a shoplifting in Blaydon and sure enough we found the stash of Easter eggs in the boot. It was a brazen theft and we are glad we have been able to recover some of the goods and keep them out of the hands of thieves. But it wouldn’t have been possible without our officers noticing something that didn’t look quite right and acting upon their instinct.”

A female suspect was arrested on suspicion of theft and has since been released under investigation.


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