TOOLS worth thousands of pounds have been stolen in a series of raids on golf clubs in South Tyneside.
Thieves targeting out-houses and sheds belonging to Whitburn and Boldon clubs have also caused considerable damage.
The first break-in happened between 8.30am on Sunday, January 11, and 7am on Monday, January 12, at a shed belonging to Whitburn Golf Club in Lizard Lane.
Offenders forced their way in and stole; Husqvarna strimmer, Flymo and Allan lawn mower, generator, compressor, Dell lap-top, Stihl saw, battery booster, Dori scarifier and a Spalding socket set.
A large shed at Boldon Golf Club, in Dipe Lane, East Boldon, was broken into between 8.30am on Sunday, January 18, and 7.15am on Monday, January 19 and four strimmers, two rotavators, two generators, a large water pump, reciprocator, three squeegees, heater, diesel fuel, water pump and diesel tank gauge were stolen.
Thieves struck again at Boldon between 9pm and 9.10pm on Monday, January 19, when a leaf blower was stolen.
The fourth incident, an attempted burglary, happened at a work shed at Whitburn between 3.15pm on Wednesday, January 21, and 7am on Thursday, January 22. Thieves attempted to force their way in, again causing damage to the premises, but were unable to do so and left empty handed.
The final theft took place between 10.25pm and 10.30pm on Thursday, January 22, when an Alto steam cleaner, drill and angle grinder were stolen from an outhouse at Boldon Golf Club.
Police are appealing for witnesses anyone who was in the relevant areas when these offences took place and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact them.
Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may be offered these items for sale, to contact police.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number 3650Y/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.