A CAR was taken after burglars smashed their way into a home to snatch its keys.
Police were called to Sunderland Road, East Boldon, on Friday at 11.53pm following reports of a burglary.
They found thieves had smashed a large window in the porch of the house and stole car keys before stealing a new dark grey coloured Skoda Octavia estate car.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the burglary and theft of the car and also want to hear from anyone who has seen the vehicle being driven around or who knows where it is now.
Detective Sergeant Ed Hedley, said: “We would also advise people to make sure they don’t leave car keys near the front door where they could be stolen during a burglary.
“Police advise motorists to keep keys out of sight in a safe place.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1502 of 17/10/14 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.