CCTV APPEAL: Police need help to catch thieves

DO you recognise any of these people?

As part of a crackdown on crime, South Tyneside police have released CCTV images of 11 people they want to speak to in relation to thefts.

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Officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify the people in the pictures in relation to nine crimes across the borough.

* 1: Burglary at Cooper BMW in Boldon Business Park at 3.10pm on June 5.

* 2: Theft from One Stop in Whiteleas Way, South Shields, at 9.45pm on June 15.

* 3: Theft from JD Sports in King Street, South Shields, at 2.55pm on June 15.

* 4: Theft from Asda in Station Road, Hebburn at 4.50pm on July 6.

* 5: Theft from Asda in Boldon Colliery, at 10.45am on June 26.

* 6: Theft from Asda in Station Road, Hebburn, at 10.05am on June 26.

* 7: Theft from Barbour in Monksway, Jarrow, at 3.30pm on May 6.

* 8: Theft from Asda in Coronation Street, South Shields, at 6.20pm on April 13.

* 9: Theft from Cafe Nero in King Street, South Shields, at 4.55pm on April 9.

The appeal comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at silencing opportunist thieves this summer, which is this week focusing on shoplifting.

An operation to tackle suspected thieves is taking place across South Tyneside, with local officers working with retailers to deter thieves and tackle suspects.

Chief Inspector Michael Barton, South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Extra officers are carrying out patrols to deter suspected shoplifters, as well as working with store security staff across the busy shopping areas, and using CCTV.

“The detection rate for shoplifting in South Tyneside is at 80 per cent, which means there is a good chance you will get caught.

“But for those which are undetected, we will not stop trying to find them.

“We have released CCTV images of people we need to speak to in connection with some offences which still remain undetected as we believe they may be able to help us with our investigations.

“If anyone recognises the people in the images, then I’d urge them to contact police with information as soon as possible.”

Anyone who recognises the people in the photographs or who has any information that could help police with their inquiries is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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