Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Caught in the Act of Thefts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Caught in the Act of Thefts

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THREE thieves were caught redhanded snatching alloy wheels from a Middlesbrough scrapyard.

Martin Badi, 28, Villiam Cervenak, 32, and Martin Duzdza, 37, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court to answer charges after an estimated PS3,000 haul was taken from Jap Euro North East, on Commercial Street.

The offences related to two autumn nights last year - September 30 and October 1. Prosecutor Lynne Dalton said on the first night the owner of the car parts yard had visited his premises after being "targeted" by thieves in the preceding weeks.

It was around 8.30pm when he saw Badi and Cervenak loading wheels into the rear of a Volkswagen Touran.

Ms Dalton said: "He was there approximately 10 minutes watching them, he said he recognised the vehicle as it had been worked on in his yard before and the men as working in a local car wash.

"When the vehicle left the area he followed but lost sight of it."

Duzdza was not involved in the first night but he allowed his vehicle to be used by the pair.

The owner returned to his premises on October 1 at around 8pm where he found the three defendants loading wheels into the same vehicle.

Ms Dalton added: "He telephoned police while watching them and then followed them to where they were stopped on the A66 by a police vehicle."

The trio were found in the car with a "number of alloy wheels".

The total haul from the two nights was estimated to be worth around PS3,000, the court heard when they appeared for sentence on Thursday.

Badi and Cervenak each admitted two theft charges, Duzdza one of theft, one of driving a vehicle without a valid licence and one of using a vehicle without insurance.

The court was told by a probation worker that Cervenak "didn't realise that what he was doing was illegal".

They added: "He says that some friends of his had told him that the site was abandoned and no one wanted what was left".

Cervenak, who was aided by a translator in court, is an unemployed father-of-two who claims job seeker's allowance. …

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