CCTV image released after tools worth hundreds of pounds are snatched from car in South Shields street
Officers investigating the incident in Graham Street, in Westoe, South Shields, have released the photo of a man they would like to trace as part of inquiries.
It was reported a man broke in and took tools and a toolbox worth around £700 between 1.40am and 2am on Friday, November 8.
Detective Constable Michael Wilson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We take car-related crime incredibly seriously and understand the effect that this type of criminality can have on victims and the wider community.
“Clearly this is a case that has left the victim at a financial loss.
“As a result, a team of detectives are working to locate those responsible and we are now asking the public to come forward if they recognise this man or have any information that can assist with our investigation.
“While our inquiries continue in this particular case, I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public as we head towards Christmas to be vigilant and work with us to help deter criminals from stealing our belongings.
“Opportunistic thieves often go street-to-street trying car doors, and if the door is locked, they will then just move on to the next vehicle.”
He added people ensure their vehicles are locked and valuables are out of sight, with anything suspicious reported to officers.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 592 111119 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.