'Bog roll bandits' stole toilet paper amid coronavirus crisis
‘Bog roll bandits’ must do unpaid work after stealing toilet paper and hand sanitiser amid coronavirus crisis
- Three men stole the sought after items during a building site burglary in Essex
- The items were recovered, along with a laptop and microwave, 30 minutes later
- Johnnie Scamp, 29, of Aveley, 41 year-old James Scamp, of Purfleet, and Simmonds, 37, of South Ockendon, all admitted burglary
- All three men were ordered to do unpaid work by magistrates in Chelmsford
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Three ‘bog roll bandits’ stole toilet paper and hand sanitiser in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The men stole the items, which have often been in short supply in supermarkets following the outbreak of Covid-19, during a burglary at a building site in Hatfield Peverel, Essex.
The stash, along with a laptop and a microwave, was found in a van just 30 minutes later.
Proud police officers revealed the find on Twitter, with the hashtag #ThatsHowWeRoll.
The three ‘bog roll bandits’ were arrested 30 minutes after the burglary at a building site in Hatfield Peverel, Essex. Police found a van with the stolen items inside
The stolen items included toilet paper and hand sanitiser, which have often been in short supply in supermarkets following the outbreak of coronavirus in the UK.
Now the men have been ordered to carry out unpaid work and pay fines and costs of £125 after admitting burglary.
Johnnie Scamp, Thomas Simonds, and James Scamp, all from Essex, were arrested within 30 minutes of a call to police following the break-in at the building site, which took place on Friday, March 20.
They appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford on Monday, March 23.
Johnnie Scamp, 29, of Aveley, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, while 41 year-old James Scamp, of Purfleet, and Simmonds, 37, of South Ockendon, were told to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.
The trio have all also been told to pay fines and costs of £125.
Investigating officer Police Constable Brian Sargent said: “Officers responded really quickly to reports of suspicious activity at the building sit and were able to detain these three men shortly after the offence had taken place.
“This swift response just highlights that we’re still out around the county, protecting and serving Essex.
“Our priorities haven’t changed: we’re still catching criminals and keeping you safe.”
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