Burglary victim reunited with TV
A BURGLARY victim is celebrating the return of his £1,000 TV.
Graham Smith lost his 40-inch Sony television and surround sound system in a night-time break-in at his Chelston home.
Now officers have been able to return the equipment after executing a search warrant at an address in Torquay.
Sat-navs, a laptop and shoplifted goods were also seized.
Holiday Home's FOR SALE in Brixham £1000 off New Homes, South...View details
£1000 Off Any New Holiday Home at Southbay Holiday Village. Prices of new starting from only £17,995 Facilities inc Club, Pools, shop etc, Quiet Park, Choice of Homes and Plots which are furnished
Terms: Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or with a P/X on park. Come and take a look today and own your own part of South Devon. For allot less than you can imagine!! Letting permitted
Contact: 01803 220485
Valid until: Saturday, June 01 2013
A man was arrested and is currently on police bail.
Graham said he was only able to prove the TV was his by the batteries in the remote control.
He said: "I had only changed the batteries the week before it was taken and I told the police if it has Panasonic batteries in it, it's mine.
"I am so pleased to have it back. We were making do without it for about a month because there was no way I could afford to replace it like for like."
Graham described how he came downstairs to discover the telly missing.
He said: "We came downstairs to see that it had gone. It was quite upsetting and pretty scary that people have been in your house going through your stuff.
"I had given up any idea of getting it back and then I get a call out of the blue saying we may have got your TV. I was so pleased."
Acting DS Jason Metcalfe said that the recovery was part of ongoing Operation Brixton, targeting the handling of stolen goods.
ADS Metcalfe said: "We rely on intelligence from the community which is such an important part of inquiries to help recover stolen goods.
"To be able to reunite victims of crime with their property is a good result and very rewarding for officers and the victims."