A SNEAK thief’s attempts to steal a car were thwarted when its owner challenged him.
Police are urging residents to be on their guard following the “two-in-one” attempted burglary.
Officers in Trimdon have issued a warning to people to make sure their homes are securely locked after a man tried to steal a car from a driveway after taking the keys from the unlocked house it was parked outside.
The incident happened around 11.30pm on Saturday in Front Street, in Trimdon Village.
Police say the man entered the house via the front door and took a set of car keys and tried to start the vehicle.
But the suspect was challenged by the owner of the car before fleeing the scene.
The man headed in the direction of West Lane.
PC John Seymour, of Sedgefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, who investigating the incident, said: “This is what we would describe as an attempted two-in-one burglary.
“Fortunately the man was unable to take the car as he was disturbed by the owner.
“We are asking local residents to make sure they keep their doors and windows locked at all times.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area during the time of the incident who may have seen anything suspicious.”
The man is described as 5ft 9in tall and of medium build.
He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and a dark baseball cap with yellow piping on it.
Anyone with any information should contact Durham Constabulary on 101 and ask to speak to PC John Seymour.