THIEVES cut their way into a Wearside garage using an industrial saw.
The raiders broke into the Tyre Spot garage in Newbottle Street, Houghton, at some point between 8pm on Saturday and 6am on Monday.
Police believe they used a Stihl saw-type tool to cut through the shutters. They were unable to get inside and nothing was stolen.
Inquiries are ongoing into the incident and police are appealing for anyone who was in the area over the weekend and who might have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact them on 101 ext 69191 and quote reference 4829B/14.