POLICE have sent out an appeal for help following an unusual find.
Hartlepool Police recovered 16 wooden fence posts after a raid at a house in the Dyke House area of Hartlepool.
Officers suspect the timber may have been stolen from the Easington Road area of town, possibly from a building site.
The posts are 10ft long and about six inches thick.
The posts were found in the garden of the house which was raided on Thursday.
Following the raid, a 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of theft.
They were bailed pending further inquiries.
Police are appealing for any information about the alleged theft, or the owners of the wood, to come forward.
The officer investigating the case, PC Tom McLeod, said: “Police believe this timber has been stolen from the local area and we would like to appeal to any witnesses in the area to check their stock.”
Inspector Mick Brown, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We acted swiftly following information received.
“We executed a warrant and found a quantity of wooden posts that we suspect to be stolen.
“We are having difficulty tracing the owners and would ask anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact PC McLeod on (01642) 302126 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.