News Release

Series of thefts from cars

Dated: 01 Feb 2012

Police are reminding people to secure their vehicles after a series of thefts in Newcastle.

Between Saturday and Tuesday ten thefts from cars took place across the north of the city.

Between 6.45pm on Saturday, January 28 and 8am on Monday, January 30, the window of a car parked at Burwell Avenue in East Denton, was smashed and a sat nav stolen from the glove box.

At about 12.15pm on Monday property, including mobile phones and a wallet, were taken from the cab of a truck which was parked in a car park at Kenton Lane in Kenton. The truck had been left insecure. A 34-year-old man has been arrested for that offence.

And at 4.45pm on Monday, a car parked at Woodbine Road in Gosforth had a sat nav and MP3 player stolen from glovebox and centre console after it was left unlocked.

There are four offences, which all happened close to each other, which it's believed may be linked. Overnight on Sunday, January 29 into Monday, January 30, three vehicles parked at Carham Close in Gosforth, Columbia Grange in North Kenton and Mountfield Gardens in Kenton were broken into.

Items including a CD player and tools were stolen. The car parked at Carham Close was unlocked. And between 7.45pm and 8.45pm on Monday an insecure car parked at Rosewood Gardens in Kenton had an iPod stolen from the glove box.

Finally, overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday car at Glenwood Walk in Westerhope, Claremont Avenue in Lemington, and Earsdon Road in Kenton, were all broken into and had items stolen. Two of the three vehicles were unlocked.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "The area, particularly the Gosforth and Kenton areas, have suffered a spate of car crime, some of which we believe may be linked.

"We're carrying out a number of enquiries into the offences in an effort to identify suspects and additional patrols are taking place in the areas affected.

"I'd ask anyone with information to contact us and would urge residents to report anything unusual or suspicious in their neighbourhood to police."

Police are also reminding residents to keep their vehicles secure. Insp Rana added: "In six of the ten thefts, the car had been left unlocked.

"There are opportunist thieves who take advantage so it's vital motorists remember to secure their car if leaving it, even if only for a few minutes.

"It's also important that they don't leave anything on view in their car, and wherever possible they should remove anything valuable, particularly if parking the car overnight."

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