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Appeal after series of burglaries

November 14, 2012, 4:58 pm

Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of burglaries in Newcastle.

On Tuesday, November 13, five burglaries took place at homes across the Fenham and Blakelaw areas. At Gainsborough Grove, between 1.40pm and 4pm, a wheelie bin was used to climb into the rear yard and the rear door was forced. Laptops and mobile phones were stolen.

During the same day at Nuns Moor Road, a side window was forced but at this stage it appears nothing was stolen.

Between about 3pm and 7pm, a burglary took place at Friarside Road when thieves got in through an insecure window and searched the property. Again, it appears nothing was stolen.

At Ovington Grove between about 8pm and 8.35pm, a kitchen window was smashed, possibly using a shovel from the garden shed, but it appears the burglar did not go inside.

And between about 8.30pm and 10pm at Netherby Drive, a patio door was smashed and three laptops, an iPad and an amount of cash were stolen.

At this stage it’s believed the last four burglaries are linked.

Newcastle North Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: “Extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace the people responsible for these burglaries, some of which we believe to be linked.

“It appears they all happened either during the day and into the evening and I’d urge any witnesses to the burglaries or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the areas to contact police as soon as possible.

“It’s a timely reminder for people to be vigilant and report anything unusual they see in their neighbourhood to police. I’d also like to remind people to ensure their doors and windows are locked at all times and that nothing is left in the yard or garden which could be used to break into your house.

“Valuables should be stored out of sight and residents should consider fitting an alarm and security lighting to their homes, which will deter opportunist thieves.

“Enquiries into these burglaries are continuing and we’re doing all we can to tackle those suspected of being involved in such crimes.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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