Burglars hit eight homes in spate of thefts in four days

TAKEN A samurai sword was stolen from this collection from a home in Ferrol Road
TAKEN A samurai sword was stolen from this collection from a home in Ferrol Road
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THIEVES have stolen a samurai sword, mobile phones, laptops and jewellery in a spate of eight burglaries across four days.

The burglaries in Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent have seen thieves force open doors, smash a window with a brick and enter homes through unlocked doors – stealing items while occupants slept.

The first was on Wednesday, February 20 in The Crossways, Forton, when a burglar walked in through an unlocked door between 2.15pm and 6pm, stealing a computer monitor, two bottles of alcohol and a Samsung notebook laptop.

Then on Thursday at 3am, a thief smashed a window with a brick and stole a samurai sword in Ferrol Road.

Councillor Keith Farr, member for Forton ward, said residents should be vigilant.

He said: ‘It’s a disgrace what they’ve done.’

‘What I’m concerned about is when is it going to stop?’

In the early hours of Thursday, burglars also broke into a home in Fitzroy Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent, taking two handbags, an iPhone and an Apple Macbook.

Both were found dumped in Brewers Lane, Bridgemary.

Burglars walked into a home in Russell Street, Brockhurst through an unlocked door while the occupants were asleep between 11.30pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday.

The thieves stole a wallet from a backpack and handbag, dumping the two bags nearby.

An iPhone 4, Packard Bell laptop, orange handbag, digital camera and make-up bag were stolen from a home in Leonard Road, Forton, between midnight on Thursday and 5.20am on Friday.

The thief may have entered through an unlocked door.

Resident Paul Smith, 23, of Leonard Road, said: ‘We’re quite secure here.

‘But I know Gosport is bad for it and the flats down the road used to be burgled often.’

Jewellery was stolen after thieves smashed into a property in Dunkeld Road, Elson, between 8.30am and 10.30pm on Friday.

And a thief broke into a home in Findon Road, Hardway, between midnight on Friday and 11.40am on Saturday. Police do not know if anything was stolen.

Criminals tried to enter a home in Kingston Road, Brockhurst, between 5.30pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday but failed.

Police have not linked the crimes but say they are open-minded. Call 101.