Warning issued by police after spate of thefts from vehicles

Inspector Paul Truscott.
Inspector Paul Truscott.

A police inspector is urging people not to leave valuables on show inside their cars after a spate of thefts.

Purses, handbags, a mobile phone and other items have been stolen from a number of parked vehicles recently.

Inspector Paul Truscott said: “We have had quite a few car break-ins at rural car parks recently and we are putting extra patrols on. The thieves have smashed windows and then taken items that are on show.

“Despite there being warning signs up, people – a lot of them holidaymakers – are still leaving valuable items on show and I am urging people not to do this.”

A string of vehicles were targeted on Tuesday, August 4. A Peugeot estate was broken in to at a lay-by near Howick Gardens sometime between 11am and 1pm and a purse, with £70 of cash in, was taken. Around the same time, a BMW, which was parked at Howick Gardens, had a bag with a wallet and personal documents removed.

Later that day, between 7pm and 9pm, a Vauxhall Mokka parked in Craster Quarry car park was broken in to. A handbag was searched, but nothing was stolen.

On Monday, August 3, between lunchtime and 3pm, two vehicles were targeted at Edlingham. A mobile phone, purse, glasses and a handbag full of cosmetics and personal cards were taken from a Vauxhall van, while a purse, with £140 cash in, was taken from a Fiat Punto.

Around the same time, a handbag with a purse inside was taken from a Citroën Picasso at Howick Gardens. The bag was found abandoned.

Inspector Truscott said there has also been a spate of thefts from vehicles in Berwick and Hexham recently.