Neighbours foiled burglary after hearing gang smash window

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Three neighbours managed to prevent a burglary after they confronted and chased a gang of men who had smashed the window of a nearby property, a court heard.

Marius Oprea, aged 24, and Vasile Visan, aged 41, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after they were charged with an attempted burglary in Graves Lane, Paulerspury. Three other men also appeared in connection with the burglary.

The court heard that two neighbours heard the sound of a window being smashed shortly after 8pm on Thursday, March 12.

Two men went to investigate the noise and saw some movement to the side of the property.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, told the court the men then ran back to their own homes and one of them got a torch and alerted his brother.

Ms Costello claimed the three men then saw five men running off into a field behind the property and they chased after them.

She said: “One of the men, Visale Visan, was apprehended and brought to the ground. They then held him down to prevent his escape.”

Two other men were later arrested by police near an Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz parked in a lay-by on the A5.

Oprea and a fifth man were apprehended by a police dog after they were reported walking suspiciously down the A5, near Potterspury.

Visan and Oprea pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and the other three men offered no plea.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction. All five men, who are Romanian nationals, of St Pauls Road, Luton, were remanded in custody.