Police are appealing for witnesses after three burglaries in Gosforth, Newcastle, on October 10.
Two took place at Fernwood Avenue and one at Church Road. A spade was taken from one burglary and used to try and break in to another.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
– Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana
"These three burglaries all happened during the day on Wednesday and it appears they are linked. A spade stolen from a shed at one of the homes appears to have been used to try to gain access to another.
"With the onset of darker evenings I'd like to remind residents to be vigilant, report anything suspicious to police at the earliest opportunity and to ensure their homes and secure at all times.
"Extra patrols will be taking place in the area and we're carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the person responsible."