Sheffield burglary victim turns detective

Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.
Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.
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A burglary victim turned detective and tracked down all the items stolen from his house as well as helping police arrest two suspects.

Matthew Silcock, aged 32, was burgled when he was in hospital and had two televisions, a games console and tablet stolen.

Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.

Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.

The call centre worker, from Dundas Road, Tinsley, found some CCTV footage which captured three men he knows outside his home on the night of the burglary.

He gave detectives their details and gave them the weekend to track them down and find his stolen property before threatening to take the law into his own hands.

Mr Silcock, a father-of-two, said while police were investigating two of the men he suspects were responsible for the burglary called at his house.

The amateur sleuth alerted the police and the suspects - a man aged 21 and a boy, 16 - were arrested.

Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.

Matthew Silcock from Tinsley was burgled and turned detective because he felf the police had not done enough to help him.

With detectives unable to find his stolen property over the weekend Mr Silcock did his own door-to-door inquiries in Dinnington, where the suspects are from, and tracked down all the items.

The third suspect has not yet been found.

Mr Silcock said: “The police were nice to me all the way through but they just didn’t seem to be getting anywhere so I took on the case myself.

“I found CCTV footage showing three people I know and the police went out looking for them but could not find them. When two came to my house afterwards the police were called and they were arrested.

“They had no joy finding the stolen items so I went to Dinnington myself and spent four hours knocking on doors and got everything back.

“I feel like they could have done more.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The incident is believed to have taken place between 9pm on Thursday, February 5 and 4am on Friday, February 6.

“A number of items are reported to have been taken during the incident.

A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed.”

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