Police warning after two sneak-in burglaries in Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND residents are being urged to lock their doors after thieves let themselves into two homes in one night.

The first burglary happened at Alder Street, Castletown between 11pm on Wednesday, and 1am the following day. Thieves walked in through an unlocked front door and stole a laptop and left. No one was in the house at the time.

The second occurred at a flat in West Sunniside between 3.30pm and 5pm on Thursday. Again thieves sneaked in through an unlocked front door. They stole two laptops, and XBox 360 console, Dr Dre headphones and a games controller.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police. Officers are also asking for anyone who is offered these items for sale, to contact police.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “We’re asking for help from the public, if anyone was in the area of these crimes at the relevant times they are asked to contact police.

“We’d also ask the public to report any suspicious activity and provide information about any offence or offenders so we can take action.

“We want to remind people to always make sure they keep doors locked, especially overnight to prevent sneak-in burglaries.”

Officers are carrying out house to house enquiries and extra patrols in the affected areas, to prevent further crimes and reassure residents.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 874 of 13/03/14 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.