Three men, arrested by Lincolnshire Police, have be charged with five thefts of lead from the roofs of East Riding churches.
Paul Buica, age 25, of George Street, Birmingham, Constantin Motescu, 31, of Stebbings, Sutton Hill, Telford and Luarentiu Sucea, 38, of George Street, Birmingham all appeared at court recently charged with a number of offences in Lincolnshire but also offences committed in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Offences in the Humberside police area that the men are charged with are the theft of lead from churches in Sigglesthorne, Hutton, Harpham, Bransburton and Langtoft.
Inspector Rob Cocker said, “This is an excellent outcome and I am sure it will reassure the rural community that we can and will arrest those responsible for crimes in our towns and villages.
“These thefts have a huge impact on the churches involved, not only financially, the damage often caused can take months to repair, impacting on their services and support to the local community. It also has a big impact on the local residents too who value their local heritage.
“I would ask people to still remain vigilant and keep an eye on their local historic buildings as, although these three men have been charged, there may be others who would want to commit crime in our communities. Always report suspicious activity to us and we will act on your information.”
Our previous appeal in relation to church lead thefts: https://www.humberside.police.uk/news/renewed-appeal-and-warning-over-high-value-lead-thefts
Lincolnshire Police statement in relation to the charges: https://www.lincs.police.uk/news-campaigns/news/2020/four-arrested-in-connection-with-lead-theft/