A MAN has been charged with burglary after a spate of break-ins at Wearside businesses.
Since June, police have received numerous reports of overnight incidents at units in Houghton and Washington.
Patrols have been stepped up in the areas.
On Saturday, detectives arrested Kevin Thorburn, 31, of Allendale Crescent, in Penshaw.
He has since been charged with two counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “Our dedication to tackling burglaries will continue and we continue to remind people to make sure their properties, including businesses premises, are secure and make sure they have effective security measures.”
Thorburn will appear before Sunderland magistrates on September 4.