The funeral of three year old Danny Wake is due to take place on Tuesday (19 November).
The toddler died on 4 November after he was hit by a car on Neasham Road in Darlington.
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Ian Carr was found by the occupants of the home and stayed there snoozing until the police arrived and woke him up.
A security guard was threatened with a knife as the pair stole a black cash box before making off in a waiting car.