SNEAK-THIEVES have stolen cash from a South Tyneside home as a pensioner lay sleeping.
The criminals crept into the property on Windsor Crescent, Hebburn, between 9.30am and 2.30pm, yesterday.
The 93-year-old woman, at home at the time, was sleeping.
Officers are asking for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspicious in the area to contact them.
Sean McGuigan, Acting Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “This incident happened during daylight hours when neighbours may have been in their homes or people going about their daily business.
“I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area to come forward, particularly if they’ve seen someone in the street who is unfamiliar and who may have aroused their suspicions.
“This incident shows thieves will stoop to any level - the age of the person they are stealing from is irrelevant to them and they are blatant in their actions by carrying out the offence during the day.
“We are carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to residents as well as offer crime prevention advice to avoid anyone else becoming a victim.
“We would ask that people do what they can to protect themselves and their properties. Working together, we can make sure we stop opportunist thieves.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191 Callers are asked to quote log number 1349 05/09/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.