BMW stolen during series of burglaries

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A BMW car was among a haul of stolen goods during a string of break-ins in South Tyneside in the past week.

Police are warning people to be extra vigilant and make sure their homes are secure after the expensive items were taken.

The BMW car was stolen after thieves gained entry to a property in Marsden Road, Cleadon, between 10.30am and 11.15pm on Monday.

The next day, police received a report of another burglary at a house in West Farm Road, Cleadon, in which a digital camera was stolen. Three people, two men aged 27 and 21 and a 26-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with this break-in and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

And police are also hunting thieves who struck at an address in Natley Avenue, East Boldon, between 10.30am and 5.30pm, on Wednesday, when a mobile phone and lap top were stolen.

Dave Hudson, neighbourhood inspector for the areas, said: “Our officers are patrolling the areas to both offer reassurance to residents and to deter and target thieves.

“Often break-ins like this aren’t sophisticated and thieves will look for homes that are unoccupied.

“These burglaries have happened during the day.

“I’d ask residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“We’d urge people to also make sure their homes are secure, with windows and doors locked.

“If you are going away, tell your neighbours so they can keep an eye on your home.

“Working together, we can make sure we stop burglars operating in South Tyneside.”

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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