A DRAMATIC police manhunt led to the arrests of four teenagers accused of a daylight break-in.
The News captured on camera the moment when one 16-year-old young man was discovered hiding under bushes in Driftwood Gardens, Eastney.
Around 20 officers descended on a property in Henderson Road at 12.30pm yesterday after a quick-thinking neighbour called the police.
They arrested a 19-year-old man at the scene and three more suspects following a 30-minute chase.
A search of the Eastney area ended with the capture of a 17-year-old in Halliday Crescent and two 16-year-olds in Driftwood Gardens.
All the property stolen from the two-storey family house was recovered and PC Marcus Kennedy said that had been a brilliant result.
He said: ‘It isn’t often that we are able to attend a burglary as it happens.
‘Normally it’s the morning or evening after it’s taken place, when people come back to discover what’s happened.
‘In this case the police station was just up the road, so a large number of officers could immediately drive to the area.
‘The chase and search that followed was over quickly, and all our suspects are now in custody.
‘This operation has been a fantastic success, though it is still a shame that an innocent person had to go through all this.’
Among the stolen items recovered by police were two games consoles and a laptop taken from an upstairs bedroom. The burglars forced entry though the front door and smashed a downstairs window.
Neighbours were stunned to see the number of police cars, vans and bikes parked in their road following the break-in.
Another resident of Henderson Road, Sandra Woodman, 36, said she saw the police arrive and race off again within a matter of minutes.
‘There must have been at least eight police cars,’ she said. ‘And they absolutely tore off down the road.
‘I was terrified somebody had been killed or something, it was such a dramatic scene.’
Cyril Young, 78, lives next door to the burgled house and said he had suffered a similar fate a couple of years ago.
‘They climbed over our back fence but that was at night. I’m shocked anyone would try this in broad daylight. Good on the police.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.