POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to trace people who may be able to help with unsolved crimes in South Tyneside.
CCTV images of people police need to speak to after crimes across the borough have been released in an effort to identify those involved.
The appeal comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt from South Tyneside Area Command said: “The majority of the offences are thefts from shops, and we continue to carry out operations to tackle those involved in opportunist crimes such as this across the borough.
“More than 75 per cent of all shoplifting offences are detected, and for those that aren’t we will release CCTV images to the public in an effort to trace those who can help with our inquiries.
“The message is clear - if you steal, the likelihood is you will get caught. I’d appeal for anyone who recognises those people in the images to get in touch with police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of South Tyneside Area Command, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crimes as follows:
1) Ref BB-221-14 - A man made off without payment after a hotel stay in Westoe Road, South Shields, in April.
2) Ref BB-209-14 - On May 21, a theft from Superdrug in Prince Edward Road, South Shields.
3) Ref BB-225-14 - An attempt to steal a pair of ladders from a garage in Broughton Road, South Shields, on June 19.
4) Ref BB-258-14 - Police need to speak to these two men after a theft from Morrison’s at the Viking Precinct, Jarrow, on June 20.
5) Ref BB-265-14 - A theft from Robinson’s in Stanhope Road, South Shields, on June 30.
6) Ref BB-271-14 - On July 3, a theft of cashback from Asda in North Road, Boldon Colliery.
7) Ref BB-269-14 - Police need to speak to these two women after a theft from Boots at the Viking Precinct, Jarrow, on July 21
8) Ref BB-273-14 - On July 17, a theft from Morrison’s at the Viking Precinct, Jarrow.
9) Ref BB-268-14 - On July 11, when a dog bit a woman at Nevinson Avenue, South Shields.
10) Ref BB-254-14 - A theft at Asda in North Road, Boldon, on June 4.
11) Ref BB-259-14 - Cash stolen from the self-service till area at Morrison’s in Jarrow, on June 5.
12) Ref BB-260-14 - Theft from Boots in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, on June 11.
13) Ref BB-262-14 - Police need to speak to the two men after a theft from Tesco in Seawinnings Way, South Shields, on June 24.
14) Ref BB-245-14 - Theft of a bike at South Shields Metro Station, on June 26.
15) Ref BB-246-14 - Police need to speak to the two women after a theft from BHS in Waterloo Square, South Shields, on June 26.
16) Ref BB-247-14 - Police need to speak to this man after a public order offence on June 17 in Cotswold Lane, Boldon Colliery.
17) Ref BB-222-14 - Theft which happened on June 13, at RP News in Bedeburn Road, Jarrow.
18) Ref BB-234-14 - Police need to speak to the two men pictured after a theft from Lidl in Laygate, South Shields, on June 6.