Sneak burglary warning in Gateshead

27 Jun 2016 13:00 PM

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Residents in Gateshead are being told to lock their doors after sneak-in burglaries in the area.

Last week we had three very similar reports where residents had disturbed a man inside their homes. They all happened on Tuesday afternoon, June 21, in the Highfield, Rowlands Gill and Winlaton areas.

In all three incidents the man was disturbed by occupants and claimed to be lost and looking for someone.

He then asked the homeowners for the yellow pages to help him find their details before leaving the address.

He is described as being white, aged 40-50, of slim build and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing grey trousers and dark long sleeved tracksuit top

We believe he may have specifically targeted the homes because elderly people live there.

Enquires are ongoing into the incidents and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 662 210616.

Police are urging all homeowners to make sure their homes are locked and secure when they are out of the house, but also if inside the property and perhaps in other areas of the home.

Residents are also asked not to let any unexpected callers, or anyone they do not know, inside their homes. If someone tries to get inside your property then contact the police and we will assist.

People are also being urged to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously in areas where elderly residents live. If you spot someone, or something, that doesn't look right then please report it and help protect our communities.

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