Appeal after burglaries
Dated: 04 Apr 2012
Police are appealing for witnesses after two burglaries in Newcastle.
The first happened between noon on Wednesday, March 28, and 6pm on Tuesday, April 3, at Clara Street, when offenders broke into a flat under renovation and stole copper piping worth £200 from inside.
Then at about 11.10pm on Tuesday, April 3, at Bishop's Road, an offender got into the house through an insecure first floor window and stole a Blackberry mobile phone.
At this stage it's not believed the burglaries are linked and police are appealing for witnesses to each one to get in touch.
Police are also reminding people to ensure their homes are secure - including closing upstairs windows when they go out and overnight.
Neighbourhood Inspector Leigh McManus said: "We've had a few recent reports of break-ins where offenders have got in or tried to get in through an open upstairs window, this one on Tuesday night is the latest
"If it's warm it may be tempting for people to open an upstairs window, however, we'd like to remind people how important it is to make sure their homes are properly secured overnight and when out, even if only going out for a short time.
"Opportunist burglars who see an open window may take advantage and attempt to climb in, stealing from inside. We continue to carry out operations aimed at targeting and arresting those suspected of being involved in burglaries in the area."
Anyone with information about crime and disorder in their neighbourhood, or for more information on crime prevention, can contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.