Theft of van parts, Birtley
Dated: 11 Jul 2012
Police in Gateshead are appealing for information after the theft of vehicle parts in Gateshead.
Sometime between midday on Saturday, July 8 and 11am on Sunday, July 8 thieves broke into a lorry compund on Fell Bank, Birtley, and stole exhaust systems from 13 Mercedes vans.
Police believe the theft will have taken a substantial amount of time and the offenders will have needed vehicles to take the parts away.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Hamilton said: "This compound is right next to the A1, just north of Birtley Services, and we'd be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between Saturday and Sunday or been offered any vehicle parts in suspicious circumstances. We also want to hear from any metal dealers who may have information about these parts.
"People should always get in touch with police if they see people acting suspiciously around or underneath cars."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.