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Arrested duo linked to string of thefts

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A couple from Boxted have been charged in connection with a Christmas Eve burglary in which furniture worth nearly £20,000 was stolen.

Mark Page and his girlfriend Jolene Howard, from Cooks Hill, were both arrested after police executed a warrant at their home on January 31.

Officers recovered around 1,000 items believed to have been taken in burglaries in Suffolk and Essex during the final months of last year and January.

Among the burglaries police believe the unemployed duo are linked to is a break-in at a house in Fordham on Christmas Eve, when around £19,000 of furniture, including a £6,000 rocking horse, was taken. The same house had also had around £26,000 of goods taken in a burglary the previous week.

Page, 45, has been charged with four counts of handling stolen goods relating to property belonging to four different owners, including items stolen from the house in Fordham.

Howard, 30, has been charged with four counts of handling stolen goods, as well as two other counts of handling stolen goods from two separate victims and one count of being in possession of class B drugs.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nick Elliot said police wanted to find the rocking horse, which has a name plaque with “Rupert’s Choice” embossed on it. It is believed to have been sold.

“We want to hear from anyone who has been sold it during the past few weeks,” he said.

“Sadly, anyone who has bought it is now in possession of stolen property and could also potentially be committing an offence.”

Page and Howard are currently in custody following a court appearance earlier this month and are due to attend Chelmsford Crown Court on April 14.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

 

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