THIEVES carried out a crime spree when they targeted 10 cars in two days.
The yobs smashed car windows and snatched valuables from inside, including satnavs, cash and CDs.
Residents living in the streets that were hit – Cotswold Road, Corfu Road, Cranberry Road, Chiswick Road and Cheltenham Road in Castletown – have today told of their shock at the spate of thefts.
Cranberry Road resident Natalie Clarke, 22, said she had seen police cars and helicopters on Tuesday night.
Miss Clarke said: “I saw the police helicopter going over the houses and police cars go speeding past.
“I didn’t know what it was about at the time or what was going on.
“I’m very shocked to be honest. It’s a quiet street and I didn’t have a clue what was going on.”
Another Castletown resident, who did not want to be named, said the attacks were a disgrace.
“It’s terrible,” he said. “You get a few young ones going around taking tapes and that out of cars.
“They’ll get it in the end and get what’s coming to them.”
One Cotswold Road resident said she couldn’t believe the sheer amount of incidents in the area.
Brenda Marley said: “We’ve had nothing like this in the place before.
“It’s quite a quiet area so it is surprising to hear something like that but if it was overnight so you don’t know what is going on then.”
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “Leaving valuable items in a vehicle is an invitation to thieves, they see something lying on the seat and take a chance.
“Our message is simple - if you leave it on show, it’s going to go.
“By following some simple crime prevention advice, residents can play their part in making their community even safer and help stop themselves from becoming a victim of crime.”
Anyone with information about these offences is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The thefts took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.