REPEATED break-ins have put the future of a social club at risk.
Searles Sports and Social Club, off Newgate Lane in Fareham, has been broken into twice overnight in the space of a week, with the thieves making off with £1,000 in cash.
And police are linking the two incidents to another pair of break-ins back in December last year. On those occasions, the thief got away with £4,000 cash, 20 bottles of spirits and a 42in JVC flatscreen TV.
Details of the May incidents, which were both captured on the club’s CCTV, have only now been released. PC Roger Loxton-Gear said: ‘This is a repeated targeting on a small social club whose customers are mainly employees from the GEA Searle Factory.
‘These burglaries are taking place in the early hours of the morning when the premises are closed. By consistently attacking these premises, it is putting the jobs of those who work at the club at risk as it may have to close permanently due to the rising costs of the damage incurred.
‘We believe that these burglaries may be linked to similar incidents that occurred on December 5 and December 27 of last year, where the circumstances and description of the suspect are similar.’
During the first break-in, overnight on May 6, the offender broke in by removing a motion detector on a security light, then broke a door panel to get in.
They then attempted to disable the alarm by breaking its remote access keypad, but failed and left empty-handed.
In the early hours of May 9, the offender broke in by smashing the roof above the bar before cutting a hole in the side of it and removing the cash takings.
The offender in the most recent incidents is described as male, aged between 25 and 40, no taller than 5ft 10in and slim.
He was wearing a dark hooded jacket with white stripes and gloves.
He may also have been wearing Nike 326 trainers.
Staff at the club refused to comment. Anyone with information or who recognises the suspect in the CCTV should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.