POLICE have made four arrests after receiving reports of suspicious behaviour in South Tyneside.
At 11.50pm on Saturday, two men were seen trying car door handles in Revesby Street, South Shields.
Residents reported this to police, who attended and made two arrests.
Marcin Walentynowicz, 23, of City Road, Newcastle, and Ruslan Jonicenoks, 27, of no fixed address, have both been charged with vehicle interference.
Jonicenoks was due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today, while Walentynowicz will appear on July 9.
At just after 10pm last night, police received reports that two men were trying car door handles in a separate incident in Northfield Road, South Shields.
Two men, aged 31 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference, and are currently in custody, helping with enquiries.
Chief Inspector Brian Walker of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “This goes to show just how important it is for people to report suspicious activity they see in their neighbourhood to police straight away.
“In these cases officers attended and were able to make arrests.
“We continue to carry out operations to target those people suspected of being involved in car crime, and would urge anyone who sees anything unusual in their community to let us know as soon as possible.
“It’s also a reminder for how important it is for people to make sure their cars are locked and secure at all times, and that any valuables are removed from display.”
Neighbourhood policing teams can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, to report a crime ongoing dial 999.