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Thurrock trio spared jail after being caught stealing dozens of toilet rolls

Some of the items the trio stole

Three men from Thurrock who stole dozens of packs of toilet rolls and hand sanitiser in a burglary have avoided jailed after admitting carrying out their crimes.

Other items including a laptop and a microwave were also stolen from a building site in Bury Lane, Hatfield Peverel, on Friday, 20 March.

Johnnie Scamp, Thomas Simonds, and James Scamp were arrested within 30 minutes of police being called to the incident.

The trio were stopped after the van they were travelling in was spotted on the A13 and police pulled them over in South Ockendon.

They were charged at the weekend with burglary and all three appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Monday, when they pleaded guilty.

The items were found in the back of a stolen van (credit: Essex Police)

Johnnie Scamp, 29, of Love Lane, Aveley, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

James Scamp, 41, of Comet Close, Purfleet, and Simmonds, 37, of Broxburn Drive, South Ockendon, were told to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.

They have all also been told to pay fines and costs of £125.

Investigating officer PC 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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