Bid to reunite owners with stolen goods

HAUL PC Dan Mathias, with various items of recovered stolen property. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122629-234)
HAUL PC Dan Mathias, with various items of recovered stolen property. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122629-234)

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DETECTIVES have launched a bid to reunite stolen property with its rightful owners after more than 60 items were seized from crooks.

All of the items pictured were taken in burglaries committed in the Portsmouth area in the last year.

They include jewellery, mobile phones and game stations which have been recovered from suspects or premises.

Officers have taken to posting an album of the images on the force’s Facebook page in the hope victims recognise their stolen items and get in touch.

Portsmouth District Chief Inspector Richard Taylor said: ‘We’re hoping this approach will see them reunited with their property sooner rather than later.

‘If any of the items photographed look familiar, if you believe they are yours, get in touch.’

Police say proof of ownership is required before any items can be handed over.

This can be a record of the serial number, receipt or if it’s jewellery, a photograph of the claimant wearing it.

Chief Insp Taylor added: ‘Burglary can have a devastating effect of victims’ lives.

‘Not least because the privacy of the one place you should feel safest has been invaded but because it can so often result in the loss of valuable items or sentimental treasures.

‘Many of the burglaries we deal with are as a result of properties being left unsecured while the owners are out.

‘The risk of you becoming a victim can be greatly reduced by locking all doors and windows before you leave the house so our advice would be to secure your home before you leave – even if you’re only popping out for five minutes.’

Anyone who recognises any of the items as theirs and wishes to claim them is asked to contact CID at Fratton station on 101, quoting Crystal.