Appeal after car break-ins

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DRIVERS are being reminded to take anything valuable out of their vehicles, following a spate of car break-ins.

Overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, three cars were broken into in Winston Crescent, Highgate Road and Hadleigh Road in Sunderland.

A number of items were stolen from the cars including cash, an MP3 player and a purse.

High-value specialist tattooing equipment was taken from the vehicle in Highgate Road and officers are urging any tattooists, or anyone else, who may be offered the items for sale to get in contact with police.

Two vehicles were also targeted on the Hylton Lane estate and in the Barnes area but nothing was stolen.

Sunderland West Acting Inspector Ashley Hooper said: “I would urge vehicle owners to make sure that when they leave the vehicle unattended, it is locked, any valuables removed and that everything possible has been done to help prevent it from being targeted.

“Thieves are more likely to target a vehicle that has valuable items on display as they can see there is something worth stealing.

“Officers are doing everything possible to identify those responsible and help prevent further offences being committed and are asking for the public’s help in doing so. Anyone who has any information about who is responsible, or may be offered cheap goods for sale that they believe could have been stolen, I’d urge them to get in contact.”

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 24662Y/14, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.