Two burglars who while ransacking a home in Whittlesey stole cash from a young child’s piggy bank have been jailed.
Mantas Blaudziunas (25) and Zilvinas Sindickas (26) broke into a property in Coates Road on the morning of July 11.
They searched every room, helping themselves to cash, jewellery and electrical items. They also broke into a child’s piggy bank, stealing his £10 savings.
But eagle-eyed neighbours spotted the pair leaving the home with a filled sports bag and called police.
The first officer on the scene chased Sindickas on foot and arrested him. Further officers joined the search and Blaudziunas was found hiding in a car in Church Gardens.
Other neighbours then helped police trace the holdall which had been dumped in a wheelie bin. The stolen property was recovered along with a hammer and part of the lock from the house.
Blaudziunas, of St Michael’s Avenue, Wisbech, and Sindickas, of Jubilee Walk, Wisbech, both admitted burglary.
Blaudziunas was jailed for three years and four months at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday, October 5.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years.
Sindickas was sentenced to nine months.
Cambridgeshire police have thanked neighbours for assisting in the search for the stolen property.
DC Emily Clarke said: “This was a brazen burglary where the offenders thought they could help themselves to valuables before walking off in broad daylight.
“But thanks to some community-spirited neighbours they were both caught red-handed and the stolen property returned to the victims. This case shows how vital members of the public can be to help us catch offenders.
“Breaking into a young child’s piggy bank shows the lengths the burglars were willing to go for their own gain.”