Police are hunting a masked man who deliberately drove a truck into a Sunderland home.
A man wearing a balaclava was seen fleeing from the seven-tonne Mercedes tipper truck at after it reversed into the house in Shrewsbury Crescent, in High Barnes, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.
He then fled the scene in a Seat Leon car with false plates which police said had been stolen in a burglary in nearby Kitchener Street between 6.30pm on Monday, October 26 and 7.45am on Tuesday, October 27.
The car was found burned out in Thelma Street, off Chester Road, a short time after the truck reversed into the house, causing damage to the conservatory.
Yesterday, the fence of the house in Shrewsbury Crescent had been repaired and gates at the property were padlocked shut. CCTV cameras were covering the side of the building.
One gate bears the words ‘Smart 1’ in the ironwork and the Echo understands the property is linked to former security firm boss Alan Smart.
The 37-year-old, of Shrewsbury Crescent, was jailed for four years at Newcastle Crown Court last December after admitting causing grievous bodily harm and assault at Newcastle Crown Court.
Police are carrying out enquiries into the incidents and are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything to get in contact with them.
Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: “Our enquiries so far lead us to believe these three incidents are linked and we would ask anyone who has information about them to please come forward and pass this on to us.”
Any witnesses can contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 844 041115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.