THE theft of a laptop containing irreplaceable photos of his younger brothers has left Jordan Griffiths devastated.
When the 20-year-old arrived home to his house in Francis Avenue, Southsea, he was shocked to see computers containing months of university work had been taken during a break-in.
Finding his front door had been locked from the inside when he returned from the pub at 10pm, the student used a neighbour’s house to get to his back door.
In the house, he found a holdall had been left on the kitchen table and possessions belonging to him and his housemates were scattered around the rooms.
Four of the students’ laptops were stolen, along with an iPad 2, PlayStation 3 games console, numerous games, a portable hard drive and all the memory sticks which had been left lying around.
‘First I felt angry,’ he said. ‘That was the only emotion at first. Angry that someone had broken into our house and helped themselves to our stuff.
‘It wasn’t until the next day that we all sat down and saw what had been taken.
‘I had university work on my hard drive that I lost and my housemates had memory sticks containing work stolen.
‘But the worst thing was the photos of my brothers.’
Jordan’s younger brothers Euan, five, and Floyd, three, live with his step-mum in Hong Kong, but he had taken pictures of them all together on a recent holiday in Switzerland.
‘I miss them both and only see them rarely,’ he said. ‘I was completely gutted when it finally clicked that they had been stolen, because I don’t have any copies.’
The break-in happened at some time between 7.55pm and 10pm on Thursday, February 16. The offenders gained entry to Jordan’s house through an alleyway that runs along the back of the house.
PC Jo Shields said: ‘One of the students has lost precious photographs of his two baby brothers who live in Hong Kong and who he rarely sees.
‘They are of huge sentimental value to him and can never be replaced.
‘The burglar left with a large rucksack which was black with orange trim. It would have been full and heavy with the items stolen.
‘If anyone saw anyone with a similar rucksack or acting suspiciously in the area please get in touch with the police.’
Anyone with any information can call Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.