An appeal was made after a bicycle thief targeted eight cars in a single night in Hebburn.
The series of incidents took place in Hebburn on the night of May 1, as the thief repeatedly attempted to open car doors in a number of streets.
The thief allegedly used a device to break into some of the vehicles and managed to steal £ 1,200 for power tools, a satellite navigation system, two North Face coats and a can of paint.
CCTV footage shows a suspect trying the doors of various cars between 10 p.m. on April 30 and 3 a.m. on May 1.
Police are now calling on anyone with information to come forward and help the investigation.
PC Amanda Cummings of Northumbria Police said: “We were quickly made aware of this spate of crime which all occurred in the wee hours of the morning in Hebburn.
“Among the targeted streets were Saint Close, Lindisfarne Road, College Road, Ebba Point and Mimosa Drive – with this offender riding a street bike on the streets and randomly targeting vehicles which he believes may contain valuables.
“Since the report, we have been carrying out a series of investigations and are determined to ensure that the person responsible is brought to justice.
“The neighborhood team has increased patrols throughout the region and we encourage anyone seeing suspicious behavior in their community to report it to us.
“If you were the victim of a theft that night and have not yet reported it, or if you think you know the person responsible, please contact us.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the police through their website’s “Tell Us Something” page or by calling 101 citing log 164 010621.
You can also send an email to [email protected]