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Appeal after three burglaries on same day

Dated: 14 Apr 2014

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Police are urging people to follow crime prevention advice following three burglaries on the same day in South Tyneside.

The burglaries happened on the afternoon of Friday, April 11, with thieves gaining access to addresses via insecure back doors.

Thieves targeted two properties, on Witton Road, Hebburn, between 1pm and 2pm.

Several distinctive Pandora rings were stolen from one address along with a mobile phone and tablet computer. Nothing was stolen from the second.

Between 10.30am and 3.30pm, a property in Drummonds Crescent, in Jarrow, was broken into. A games console and cash were stolen.

Police are continuing to carry out enquiries into the three burglaries and are keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information.

Anyone whose been offered the jewellery or other items for sale should also come forward.

As part of Operation Domain, the South Tyneside Area Command initiative targeting opportunist thieves which forms part of the forewide campaign Operation Soundwave, police are urging people to secure their homes to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "Simply locking doors even when inside your home can be enough to stop thieves in their tracks.

"Thieves are opportunist in their nature and we would urge people to stop giving them easy access.

"Burglaries cause misery to homeowners - there's not only the financial implications, but also the devastation of having someone go through your personal belongings.

"By following security advice, people can make sure there's no place for opportunist thieves in South Tyneside."

Anyone with information on the burglaries can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log numbers 647 and 777 110414, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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