Man charged with burglary of Co-op store in Debenham

A 30-year-old man from Essex has been charged following a ram-raid at the Co-op in Debenham.

Officers were called just after 3.30am yesterday morning, Tuesday, November 12, to reports that a JCB Teleporter had been used to break into the front of the store in Chancery Lane.

The cash machine was stolen from inside the building and placed in the back of a white Ford Transit van, which then fled the scene with a Red Audi S4 following behind. Three men were seen to have participated in the burglary.

Several police units were sent to the scene and surrounding area and a search for the suspect vehicles took place.

At 4.05am a police unit encountered what was believed to be the suspect red Audi in Green Lane, Syleham, and prevented it from making off, after it had collided with a hedge.

Two men exited the car and ran off across a field, whilst a third was arrested at the scene. The Transit van was then located nearby around 10 minutes later, with the cash machine and its contents still inside.

A large-scale search was conducted in Syleham, assisted by the police dog unit, but the two men who ran from the car were not found.

Jesse Gatehouse, of Defoe Crescent, Colchester, was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and was subsequently charged with burglary.

He appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday, November 13, where he pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing, on a date yet to be fixed.

Following initial police enquiries, the JCB was discovered to have been stolen from a farm in Debenham and the Ford Transit was stolen from an address in Bures St Mary. Both of these vehicles were taken at some point between Monday night and the early hours of yesterday morning.

The red Audi had been reported as stolen from an address in Danbury, near Chelmsford, overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and 30.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference number 68441/19.

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