Police appeal after spate of thefts

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Police are advising builders and van owners in Northumberland to be vigilant after tools were stolen during a series of break-ins.

The appeal comes after three vehicles in the Berwick area were broken into overnight between Wednesday, November 26, and Thursday, November 27.

A van parked in Valley View, in Tweedmouth, had one of its windows smashed and a Hilti laser level and tripod and a Stihl saw were taken from inside.

Two drills were stolen from a van parked at The Croft in East Ord, and a pick-up truck in Brewery Bank was also broken into.

Police are looking into the possibility that the thefts are linked and due to the distances between the break-ins officers think the thieves may have been travelling around the Berwick area looking for work vehicles and vans in the hope that tools had been left inside.

Officers are advising all workmen and van owners in Berwick to remove tools and equipment from inside their vehicles overnight and make sure their vehicles are locked and secure at all times.

The advice forms part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave aimed at tackling opportunist thieves across the force during the winter months.

Anyone who sees anything or anyone suspicious, or anyone with any information into the thefts, is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 178 27/11/14.