Police issue Newcastle burglary warning

16 Jun 2016 14:58 PM

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Police are warning those living in the north and west of Newcastle to be on their guard following three recent burglaries in Slateyford.

Between 8.30pm Tuesday, June 14, and 10am Wednesday, June 15, burglars broke into a house in Whittington Grove and stole the keys to a black three door VW Polo that was parked outside the property. They then made off in the car (reg plate NL09XTR).

Then between 9.10am and 11am on Wednesday, June 15, burglars forced the door of a flat in Castleside Road and stole cash and a mobile phone from inside the property before making off.

Between 2.15pm and 3pm, the same day (June 15) burglars tried to force the door and break-in to a house in Buttermere Close. They were unable to get inside the property and left empty handed.

Officers are keeping an open mind as to whether the burglaries are linked however are warning residents to be on the look out for potential burglars and to contact the police if they see anyone or anything suspicious.

Enquiries are ongoing into the three burglaries including checking CCTV footage and speaking to local residents.

The VW Polo is still missing and officers are appealing for anyone who might have seen it, or know where it is, to contact them with information.

Newcastle Neighbourhood Sergeant Pinner Rana said: "Burglars are active in the north and west of Newcastle and are looking for easy opportunities to get inside peoples' homes.

"Keep an eye out, day and night, for anyone hanging around homes and estates and who look suspicious. Report anything you're not sure about to police and we will check it out.

"In the Whittington Grove burglary they have used something through the letter-box of the address to fish the keys from a hook inside the porch of the property - make sure you store door keys and car keys away from doors and somewhere safe.

"Over summer make sure that if you have windows, doors, patio doors etc open that you remember to close and lock them if leaving your home or over night. An open door or unlocked window is like an invitation to an opportunistic burglar and they could strike."

Officers are carrying out extra patrols in the areas where burglaries have occurred passing crime prevention advice onto residents.

Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police in Newcastle on 101 quoting reference number 605 15/06/16.

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