Two men have appeared by video link at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning (31st March) after a nurse was burgled while she treated patients with Coronavirus.
Jamie Roy Marriott, 30, of Stooperdale Avenue, Darlington and Scott David Colling, 28, of Tansley Gardens, Darlington, have both been charged with burglary and two counts of theft from a motor vehicle following the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The men both pleaded guilty to the two charges of theft and not guilty to the charge of burglary.
They have been remanded into custody and will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on April 26th.
The dedicated nurse was on shift at Darlington Memorial Hospital when the incident happened in Neville Road, Darlington, at about 5.30am on Saturday (March 28th).
A series of items were taken from the victim’s car and home, including her road bike and uniform.
Marriott and Colling were arrested and taken into police custody.
The nurse’s road bike, motorbike leathers and helmet, have also been recovered by officers.
Detective Sergeant Claire Callaghan said: “NHS staff are selflessly trying to combat the Coronavirus, so to target a nurse who is working tirelessly to help the public is particularly despicable.
“We would like to thank the public for their help in this case and are happy to report we have since recovered the nurse’s bike, which will be returned.
“We would also appeal to the public to make sure their homes and any vehicles are secure.”
For more information on how to protect your property, visit www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice.