A CAR was found burnt out after being stolen from outside a home in Clacton.

Crooks smashed their way into a house in Cotman Road before stealing the keys and driving off with a white Audi A3.

The incident happened between 12.30am and 5.30am on Monday.

Investigating officer, PC Luke Howard said: “Thieves broke into the property by forcing the lock on the rear door and stole the keys to the Audi A3.

“The car was later found burnt out in Golden Lane, Thorpe-le-Soken.

"We would like to hear from anyone who might have seen this crime in progress.

“We would also advise car owners to be vigilant and to hide away the car keys when leaving their homes unattended.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police at Clacton CID on 101.