Thieves smash windows of 11 cars in 'mindless rampage' in Burslem and Tunstall
POLICE are hunting thieves who smashed the windows of 11 cars to steal keys, cash and clothes.
The gang struck over two nights across Burslem and Tunstall.
Vehicles parked in Longshaw Street, Westport Lake Road, Scott Lidgett Road, America Street, Madison Street and Hawes Street were targeted by the raiders.
They also escaped with a sat nav, documents, a bag and power tools during the raids on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
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Three of the cars were parked at Tunstall Workingmen's Reform Club, in Madison Street.
Club secretary Anthony Hancock, said: "It must have happened between 8pm and 9.30pm on Thursday.
"Every single car had its side windows smashed.
"We didn't see who it was but everyone reported the break-ins to the police."
Stacey Hargreaves, aged 32, of Coolidge Street, had the passenger window of her car smashed after parking it in America Street.
She said: "It was a horrible thing to happen, and all they seem to have taken is one CD. It just seems ridiculous to me.
"One of my neighbours spotted someone smashing the windows of cars on the road.
"They came and knocked on my door but it was about 11.20pm and I was in bed.
"I've been told since that the person didn't even run off afterwards and just kept smashing windows."
Karen Jones, aged 55, of Hoover Street, said her daughter Nikki's Peugeot 107 was also targeted.
She said: "They took a handful of CDs and her keys and caused about £130 damage. There was glass everywhere.
"Several of my neighbours had their cars done too. It's childish and mindless."
Police are appealing for witnesses and are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and studying CCTV footage from the streets.
Sergeant Paul Clarke, from Stoke-on-Trent North Local Policing Team, said: "We would like to hear from anyone with information about these incidents, or who can provide the names of those who may be responsible.
"Having your vehicle broken into, or damaged, causes distress to the victim and a great deal of inconvenience while the car is repaired.
"I would also like to remind motorists to securely lock their vehicle and not to leave items on display."
Anyone with information about the break-ins should call PC Jamie Burton on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
The thefts come days after around 20 motorists on Tunstall's Hoskins estates had their tyres slashed as vandals went on the rampage.