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'Do any of these items belong to you?'

22 Aug 2018 10:00 AM

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Police investigating a series of thefts in Sunderland have released photographs of some of the suspected stolen goods that have been seized.

Officers have received a number of reports of thefts from motor vehicles in the Sea Road area of Sunderland over the last few weeks.

On many occasions, thieves have targeted unlocked vehicles parked in the area, many of which have had valuables left on display.

As part of their ongoing enquiries, police attended an address on Sea Road and found a hoard of items believed to have been stolen from a number of vehicles in the area.

Among the items seized was a distinctive gold ring, sunglasses, camera equipment, satchels, a DVD holder with discs and a tool box.

Police are now keen for members of the public who believe any of the items belong to them to come forward and claim the items, as well as assist with the investigation.

Acting Inspector Louise Mcclennan, of Northumbria Police, has urged residents living in the area to remain vigilant and take extra care when leaving their vehicles unattended.

“Many of the incidents we have experienced in recent weeks have been where cars or vans have been targeted after being left unlocked or valuable items left on display,” A/Insp Mcclennan said.

“I would like to remind motorists to ensure their vehicles are locked when left unattended, even if it’s just for a moment. It will only take an extra second, but it will help deter thieves.

“These opportunistic criminals often go from vehicle to vehicle, trying the door handles, to see if they can take advantage. If the door is locked, they often then just move on to the next vehicle.

“Our message is simple; do not make yourself an easy target, and if you see anything suspicious, please contact police.”

Anyone with information, or who believe any of the items seized belong to them, should contact 101 quoting reference 333 080818 or email sarah.mclaren.8448@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.