Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Back Door Was an Open Invitation for Burglars

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Back Door Was an Open Invitation for Burglars

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Byline: Sophie Barley Crime Reporter sophie.barley@trinitymirror.com

A HOUSE was burgled after its owner left the back door open to let her cats in and out.

Tracey Gray, 46, is now warning other residents not to make the same mistake after burglars stole PS350 from her house in York Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough.

Ms Gray's house is one of a number of burglaries which police are investigating in the area. Her house was broken into during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

She said: "I had left the door slightly open so the cats could get in and out.

"They refuse to use the litter tray and they make such a racket during the night. It's not fair to the neighbours. So I left the door slightly open. Not a lot, just enough for them to get in and out. I used a bottle to keep it ajar and the cats just jumped over it. It did get cold, but that was the only thing I could do.

"The front door is always locked and you couldn't see from the gate in the garden that the back door was open. …

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