Arrests after Santa Claus steals present

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of burglary following the theft of a Christmas present - by an intruder dressed as Santa Claus.

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of burglary following the theft of a Christmas present - by an intruder dressed as Santa Claus.

The unusual break-in took place in Kerry Avenue, in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich, at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 11.

A wrapped present - a photo box - was stolen in the incident.

However, the gift was later recovered after it had been opened and discarded not far from the house.


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Police today revealed that a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from Ipswich, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

They were arrested on December 20 and 21 respectively.

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The pair, who can not be identified because of their age, were questioned by detectives and later released on police bail.

They will have to report to Ipswich police station in the New Year.

The alleged victims of the incident, a husband and wife, are both 61-year-old grandparents.

They had been at home when they heard a knock at the front door.

The couple looked out of the window to see two people - one dressed as Santa with his little helper not far behind - fleeing down the road.

Soon after, they discovered the present was missing and alerted police.

Anyone who has any information about the offence should contact Dc Jason Rice at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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