A GANG of thieves preyed on a man and stole property from his home.
Three men knocked at a door on Egerton Street, Sunderland, and told the 27-year-old householder there was a problem with the electricity and they needed to check the meter.
He challenged the men and they ran off. As they fled, a fourth man who was waiting outside joined them.
When the victim returned to his home, he noticed items had been stolen.
The men had broken into the property through a backyard door at Salem Street.
One of the men was aged between late teens to mid 20s, 1.7 metres to 1.8 metres tall, of average build and wearing a white hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers. The other men were 1.7 to 1.75 metres tall, of slim build and were about 25.
The burglary took place on Tuesday, between 12.45pm and 1.30pm. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043.