Four men arrested as Sunderland police bid to beat Christmas thefts

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FOUR men have been arrested as part of a crackdown on theft and burglary in Sunderland.

The arrests are part of Operation Soundwave, which focuses on burglaries and opportunist theft during the run up to Christmas.

A 32-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a burglary at an industrial unit in Pallion yesterday, a 31-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of a burglary at Cato Street on Wednesday, and a 33-year-old was arrested on suspicion of a burglary at Village Lane, Houghton, on Saturday.

Sunderland Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “Being the victim of burglary is distressing at any time of year, but if it happens close to Christmas, it can be particularly devastating.”

A 33-year-old was arrested in connection with a series of thefts from phoneboxes.

All four were being quizzed by police last night.

Supt Veitch added: “Crimes such as theft and burglary have an impact not just on individuals but on the wider community.

“We want people to know about the sort of activity we carry out every day to keep communities safe.”