BRAZEN criminals swiped heavy garden furniture from under the noses of their owners.
The thieves stole a 1ft 7in high statue, two grey granite geese and a grey granite curved bench with squirrels carved into it from a garden in Peakston Close, Hartlepool.
They had heard a loud bang at 9.15pm on Sunday which is when the bulky items are suspected to have been stolen.
Hartlepool Police are now appealing for help in catching those responsible.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information about the theft is asked to call PC Steve Cranson, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302178 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.