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Appeal after Gateshead burglaries

March 12, 2013, 3:43 pm

Police are appealing for witnesses after two burglaries in Gateshead.

Between 7pm and 9pm on Friday, March 8, offenders used ladders at the rear of a property in Northside, in Birtley, to pull an alarm system from the wall of a house, then broke in through a ground floor window.

Jewellery worth almost £2,000 was stolen from the house.

Then at Polperro Close in Birtley, between 3am and 6.30am on Saturday, March 9, burglars got in through an insecure door and stole car keys from the mantelpiece and then stole a silver Volkswagen Golf from outside the house. This car was later found burnt out at Fielding Place.

At this stage it’s not believed the offences are linked.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Hamilton said: “We’re investigating these burglaries and would urge anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or who has information about who is responsible to get in touch as soon as possible.

“One burglary is one too many and we’re doing everything possible to trace the people responsible.

“Often burglars are opportunist and I’d like to remind people to lock doors and windows and remove any valuable property from within reach or view of doors and windows.

“Any items which can be used to help a burglar – such as spades, tools and in this case, ladders, should be securely locked away in the house or shed.

“Valuable property such as jewellery, electrical equipment and bikes should all be registered for free with property, then if property is later recovered it is easily returned to its rightful owner.”

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

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