CCTV images released after charity box snatched in Sunderland garden centre burglary

CCTV images of two men have been released following two quick-fire burglaries at a garden centre in Sunderland.

Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 1:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 4:04 pm
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On the morning of May 15, police received a report that Grange Garden Centre, on Thompson Road in Southwick, had been raided overnight.

Money was stolen from a charity collection box and a DeWalt drill was also taken from the premises. Less than a fortnight later, officers were alerted to a second burglary at the garden centre which occurred on the afternoon of May 26.

Garden furniture and other items equating to more than £1,000 were stolen from outside the centre. Police investigating the burglaries have now released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.

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Do you know these men?

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A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “An investigation is ongoing into both incidents, and officers have now released two images of men they would like to trace.

“The first man has distinctive leg tattoos, while the second man was wearing a blue hoody to conceal his identity.

Police have released images of two men they want to trace

“Anyone who recognise the men are asked to contact 101 quoting reference 266 150519 and 482 260519, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Alternatively, you can pass on information via our website at or by emailing [email protected]

One man has a distinctive leg tattoo