Ram-raid suspects remain at large after Sainsbury's store targeted by thieves

A group of suspected criminals who “rammed” a vehicle into the shutters of a shop and stole items from inside are still at large on Saturday, February 1.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 9:39 am

Officers were called to the Sainsbury’s Local in East Boldon in the late hours of Thursday, January 30 following reports of a ram raid in the street,

A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed on Saturday that no arrests have yet been made as the investigation continues.

The force previously discovered a blue Subaru Forrester van, which is believed to have been involved, following Thursday’s break-in.

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The scene at Sainsbury's Local in East Boldon following the ram raid.

Speaking on Friday, January 31, Sergeant Angela Lewis said: “Shortly after 11.15pm on Thursday we received a report of a suspected ram raid at Sainsbury’s off Station Terrace, East Boldon.

“It was reported that a vehicle had rammed into the shutters of the store, causing significant damage. The occupants then gained access to the shop and stole a number of items, before leaving the scene in the same vehicle.

“An investigation has been launched into the incident and officers have since located a blue Subaru Forrester van believed to have been used in the offence burnt out in a field off Newcastle Road.

“Inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible and we would ask anybody who saw anything suspicious in the area or who have information that can assist with our investigation to come forward.”

Damage caused to the East Boldon Sainsbury's Local. Picture: Sarah Devenport.

*Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 1215 300120. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.