A THIEF stole a car, crashed it into a tree and then ran away.

It happened at just after midnight on Friday.

Burglars broke into a home on Kingston Road, North Oxford, through the back door. When they got inside they stole two mobile phones, a laptop, two handbags, and a shopping bag with bank cards, cash and car keys inside.

They then used the keys to drive the car away – before crashing it into a tree at the junction of Kingston Road and Polstead Road.

The criminal then made an escape on foot towards Woodstock Road.

Anybody with information should call police on 101 quoting 43200018029.