Police have charged four people following a burglary at a charity shop in Sunderland.
Shortly after 10pm on Thursday (March 21), police received a report that the Barnardo’s store, on The Green in Southwick, had been raided.
Officers attended and found the front door of the property had been smashed, while a number of items including the till – which was found smashed nearby – and clothing had been stolen.
The damage caused is believed to be worth hundreds of pounds.
An investigation was launched and three men and a juvenile were arrested. All four individuals have now been charged with two counts of burglary. They are:
- Brian Redman, who’s 36 years old, and of Lichfield Road in Sunderland
- Paul Brown, who’s 36, and of no fixed abode
- George Lumsden, who’s 45, and of Winslow Close in Sunderland
- A 17-year-old male from Sunderland, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
All four males appeared before magistrates sitting at Newcastle Crown Court on Saturday (March 23) and are due to reappear before the courts in the coming weeks.
Witnesses or anyone with information regarding the burglary are asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1244 210319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.