Tools stolen from vehicles in three raids

VEHICLE owners are being urged to keep their property secure after a number of tools were stolen in a series of raids in south east Northumberland.

Between 2pm and 2.30pm on Monday, January 28, at Welfare Crescent in Newbiggin, an orange and white Stihl saw was stolen from a pick-up truck.

The saw is said to be worth hundreds of pounds.

Then overnight between 5.15pm on Tuesday, January 29, and 6.50am the following day, a van parked in Sycamore Street, Ashington, was broken into and tools worth several thousands of pounds were removed by thieves.

A third theft took place on Thursday, January 31, at 8.09am, when police received a report that a car parked at Portia Street in Ashington had been broken into and more work tools had been stolen.

Police are carrying out enquiries and would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to find the people responsible for these thefts and would urge any witnesses, anyone who saw suspicious activity or knows who is responsible to get in touch with us.

“It is also a timely reminder for people to make sure they remove anything valuable from their vehicles.

“Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate and we continue to do all we can to identify and arrest those involved in this type of crime.

“There are some crime prevention steps which can be taken and in particular any expensive tools should be taken out of the vehicle, particularly overnight.

“By taking just a few minutes to do this it could ultimately save a lot of frustration and financial loss.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191, or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.