SHOPLIFTERS have stolen more than £2,000 of DVD box sets in three separate raids on a South Tyneside supermarket.
On each occasion, the thieves filled hand baskets with the DVDs before running out of Asda in Coronation Street, South Shields, through a fire escape.
In total, about 100 items were taken across the thefts.
About £1,000 of box sets was taken from the shop at 2.20pm on Sunday, October 20, and two days later, at 5.20pm, £750 of DVDs were stolen.
Police have released CCTV of men they want to question about the thefts – which they think are linked.
Yesterday, the Gazette reported that officers were investigating the theft of £500 of box sets from the same store on August 27.
Officers now say all three could have been carried out by the same gang.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said the number of stolen DVD box sets reaches almost 100.
He added: “We’re working closely with stores in the town centre to make sure their fire escapes are closely monitored by CCTV.
“We’re already making inquiries into the thefts from Asda, and have paid visits to shops in the town that sell secondhand DVDs.
“And when we arrest people known for shoplifting, we are asking them if they know about these thefts.”
Anyone who recognises the people in the CCTV images, or who has any information on the thefts, is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111