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Thieves take freezer and tumble dryer.

POLICE in Chester-le-Street are asking residents to be vigilant after a number of incidents where white household goods have been removed from back yards or gardens.

The most recent happened sometime before 3pm on Wednesday, when a tumble dryer and freezer were taken from the rear of a house in Conyers Road.

The owner had left the goods outside as a temporary measure while some building work was taking place, but at some point during the day someone removed the items and loaded them into a vehicle before driving off.

There have been a number of similar incidents in and around the town centre in recent weeks, including the loss of a washing machine and tumble dryer from the garden of a house in Arcadia Avenue.

PC John Turnbull said: "While most people are aware there are genuine scrap dealers who operate in the area, it would seem there may also be others who not as legitimate. They seem to be on the lookout for household goods which for whatever reason have been placed outside, which they are then getting ready cash for at places which re-condition and sell them."

Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a theft is asked to contact the police on 0345 606 0365.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2010
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