THIEVES have targeted two homes and stole lead from the roofs.
The crooks sneaked onto the properties in Intrepid Close, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, and then removed and made off with the metal.
The homeowners returned to the properties, which are next door to each other, and discovered the thefts.
They then reported the incidents to Cleveland Police at 5.15pm on Monday.
A police spokeswoman said: “The thefts were reported to us with the homeowners saying they believed it had happened some time over the past two days.”
She urged anyone with information about the crimes to contact officers on the non-emergency number 101.