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Brynmill couple restrain burglar who claimed to be a police officer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

A couple from Brynmill restrained a burglar for five minutes until police arrived.

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A WOMAN and her boyfriend held down a burglar for five minutes after they found him in her home.

Eleni Carthew, aged 23, and her boyfriend had returned from a night out to find the back door open, and no lights on.

A stranger then walked towards them and said: "I am a policeman, show me your ID" but not convinced, Miss Carthew grabbed him and pulled to him the floor.

Despite him trying to get away, the pair managed to restrain him in the house until police arrived.

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Her actions were described as "brave" by prosecutor Kevin Jones.

Miss Carthew lives at the address in Brynmill with her mother, who was asleep upstairs at the time.

They later discovered he had moved Mrs Carthew's car and parked it in a nearby lane and loading it with their television. He then returned to the house and moved more goods to the door, ready to take with him.

Anthony Tetzlaff, aged 51 and from Cromwell Street in Swansea, admitted burglary, taking a car without consent and having no insurance.

Mrs Carthew said the burglary had changed the way she feels in her home. "I still feel anxious in the place I should most safe," her statement read.

Dan Heard, for Tetzlaff, said the offence had been committed impulsively after his client had drunk and taken drugs.

He said he had previously had a 15-year heroin habit, but had got clean until his relationship broke up last year and he returned to using drugs.

Judge Paul Thomas told him his claim he was a police man was "audacious" but said the way he had left the women feeling unsafe in their home because they fear he will return, meant he had to face a jail term of two years.

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  • theparcel  |  April 25 2014, 1:21PM

    Totally incompetent burglar thinking he could impersonate a policeman. Some policemen can't impersonate a policeman! Time for him to retire, me thinks....

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