Jacket, iPod and CD player stolen as thieves target five cars in Sunderland street

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THIEVES stole gadgets and clothing from five cars parked in a Sunderland street.

The thefts happened while the vehicles were parked in St Bede’s Terrace in Ashbrooke between 7.30pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday.

Thieves smashed the front nearside window of four of the cars to get inside.

They stole an iPod from the glovebox of one car, a Regatta jacket was stolen from another, and a CD player was taken from a third car.

Inspector Jamie Southwell, of Sunderland East’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “Police are encouraging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity they see or hear, especially overnight.

“Any such reports are valuable and help police to respond quickly when incidents occur.

“We also want to remind motorists to make sure they remove valuables when they park up.”

That warning comes as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, an initiative aimed at stopping opportunist thieves.

Advice on offer includes ensuring vehicles are locked at all times, even if the owner is leaving it just for a few moments, and making sure anything valuable is removed from display.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the thefts to contact them.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 136 of 03/02/14.

, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.