TWO suspected burglars have been charged with breaking into a Middleton home within days of the crime being committed.
A man and a woman have been charged with tricking an 89-year-old woman in Merry End, into letting them into her home on April 26 so that they could steal from her.
James Beaney, 37, and Marisha Donegan, 29, both of Gravits Lane, Bognor Regis, have been charged with burglary over the incident.
They have also been charged with smashing a window to try to break into the home of a pensioner in Middleton Road on April 26.
Both have been ordered to appear at Chichester Crown Court on May 16.
The two suspects were arrested as part of Operation Magpie, Sussex Police’s crackdown on burglars across the county.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: “The speed with which these suspects have been identified, arrested, questioned and charged shows our determination to tackle burglary in Sussex.
“Our officers are working hard every day to try to reduce the number of burglaries and solve those that do occur as quickly as possible.
“The quicker we can find those responsible and have them brought to justice, the safer our communities will feel.”
Anyone with information about burglaries should call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
If you know a burglary is taking place, call 999 immediately.