Reminder Issued after Spate of Thefts from Vehicles in Stockton

Police are reminding vehicle owners to keep them locked following a spate of break-ins across Stockton.

Over the course of seven days, between Monday 11th June and Monday 18th June, 40 vehicles were reported to have been broken into, with the majority believed to have been left insecure.

The areas with the highest number of reports include Hartburn, Stockton town centre, Eaglescliffe, Fairfield, Newtown, Parkfield and Oxbridge.

Officers would like to reiterate their advice to members of the public to always ensure that vehicles are locked, and that all valuables are kept out of sight so that opportunist thieves aren’t tempted.

On Sunday 17th June, a 27-year-old man was charged with a theft from a motor vehicle on Sandown Road in Billingham. A satellite navigation system was allegedly stolen from a vehicle.

The man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday 16th July.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.