This haul of suspected stolen goods was found by police investigating a house burglary in South Tyneside.

At about 7pm on Monday, officers were alerted to a break-in at a home on Talbot Road in South Shields.

Someone had gotten into the property and made off with various power tools while the occupant was out.

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An investigation was launched and a short time later, at 8pm, officers were made aware by a member of the public of a man who was acting suspiciously in the Mortimer Road area.

It was reported the man was walking down the road trying the doors of every parked vehicle on the street.

Police tracked the man’s movements to a home on nearby Oxford Street, and on entering they found a haul of items believed to have been stolen in the earlier burglary.

Three men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody.

Chief Insp Nicola Wearing, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a terrific piece of teamwork between the response officers who attended the scene and the public.

“While carrying out enquiries into the earlier burglary, a member of the public did absolutely the right thing by alerting us to a male who was trying car doors and acting suspiciously.

“By reporting it, that allowed our officers to be deployed to the scene and quite quickly it appeared that the break-in was linked to this suspicious activity.

The property found by police at an address on Oxford Street, in South Shields
The property found by police at an address on Oxford Street, in South Shields

“We then surrounded a home on Oxford Street and were able to detain four suspects, as well as retrieve a quantity of goods that we believe to have been stolen.

“This was an excellent outcome and I hope it offers reassurance to those in the area – we will not tolerate this type of criminality.

“It also once again highlights how we can work together with the public effectively to ensure our region remains a safe place to live and work.”

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