POLICE are urging residents to be more vigilant after a spate of bicycle thefts.
Peterlee CID’s warning comes after a £250 bike was stolen from a rear garden in Pentland Close, Peterlee.
Detectives say thieves are targeting bikes that have been left in gardens and weighing them in as scrap metal to make quick cash.
A 20-year-old man from the town was arrested on suspicion of theft following the latest incident, which took place overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, and was bailed pending further inquiries.
The bike, which was white and has a Stunt Mongoose brand, has since been recovered.
Detective Sergeant Cliff Down, of Peterlee CID, said: “We would ask householders to remove any bikes or any items from on display in gardens and take them indoors.
“Not only are we having casual and opportunistic thefts, we believe people are also stealing bikes to weigh them in for scrap.”