'Sneak' burglars targeting homes in Newcastle

05 Feb 2016 12:17 PM

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Police are warning residents in the east end of Newcastle after a spate of concerning burglaries in the area.

Officers believe a group of local males are responsible for a number of 'sneak-in' style burglaries that have been committed in the area recently and are urging residents to lock their doors and report any suspicious people seen hanging around their neighbourhoods.

Between 10am and 12.30pm on Monday (Feburary 1) thieves sneaked into an unlocked house in Clydesdale Mount in Byker while the occupant was inside. They stole a bag containing cash and personal documents.

Between 6.15pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday evening (Febuary 2) burglars got into a house in Cullercoats Street, Byker, and stole the keys to a blue Renault Kadjar that was parked in front of the address. They then made off in the vehicle, which is still missing, the vehicle registration is ND65 XVZ.

At 2am on Thursday morning (Febuary 4) a man was disturbed by a resident inside their house in Whinneyfield Road in Walkergate. They got in through an unlocked door and fled empty handed. Police believe he was disturbed in the process of taking car keys.

A BMW and a Toyota were stolen from addresses in Langton Terrace, High Heaton, sometime between Thursday night (Febuary 4) and early hours of Friday morning (Febuary 5). The BMW was recovered around 5am this morning in Kirk Street, Byker, after member of public saw a group of teenagers driving erratically. They made off before police could arrest them.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incidents and officers from the Central Burglary Team, along with officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, are running an operation aimed at catching those responsible.

Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said: "We think there are a group of males, possibly in their late teens, who are responsible for the majority, if not all, of these recent offences. They are sneaking around the Byker, Walker, Heaton and Jesmond areas looking for unlocked doors and opportunities where people have left their homes insecure and vulnerable to attack.

"In some of these recent examples the victims have been in the house while the offenders have sneaked in - they've been in bed, having a nap on the couch and even upstairs having a shower - all while burglars have sneaked into their homes through unlocked doors.

"We are working hard to make arrests and have an operation in place to catch these men. We will have both highly visible and plain clothed officers carrying out patrols in the Byker, Walker, Heaton and Jesmond areas - day and night. They are there to gather intelligence, make enquiries but also pass on crime prevention advice and get people to lock their doors and protect their homes.

"Locking your door can be the difference between burgled or not, so please make sure you protect your home and your property at all times - even when inside."

Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 120 05/02/16.