Homeowners in Windle are being warned to keep their car keys out of sight after crooks targeted two homes in the village.
Detectives say they are unsure how the keys were taken, however, in similar thefts a ‘hook and cane’ device has been used.
On Tuesday (May 10), the keys to a black Audi S Line was stolen and a red Vauxhall Corsa were taken from a house in Hamilton Street at around 2.30am.
Around 30 minutes later, car keys were taken from an address in nearby Coronation Road.
The offenders broke into the house and took the keys to a silver Mazda.
One of the men stole this vehicle and drove to Hamilton Road, with the other two following on foot, where they stole the Audi and Corsa.
Detectives have now released CCTV still of the men loitering on Coronation Street inbetween the two offences.
Two of the males are described as around six feet tall whilst the third male is described as slightly smaller.
Two males also wore baseball caps and another was holding a screwdriver. The suspects are believed to have fled the scene towards Huyton.
Det Sgt Diane Jones, from St Helens CID, said: “We are keen to speak with the men pictured in order to assist our investigation.
“We would like to reassure the community that we are working to identify the people responsible, and to locate the vehicles.
“The offenders appear to be targeting properties where car keys are on view and in some cases, where the properties have not been properly locked up.
“I would urge local residents to check their front doors, windows and garage doors to prevent becoming easy targets, and ensure your car keys are safely out of sight.
“Once you get into the habit of doing a quick check it doesn’t take much time at all and can save you a lot of distress in the long run.
“We also continue to distribute crime prevention advice to victims and residents, which is also available on the Force website.”
Anyone with information in relation to this offence or burglaries in general is asked to contact St Helens CID on (0151) 777 6802, the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555