THOUSANDS of pounds of cash and coins were stolen from a house by burglars.
Crooks broke into the house in Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville, by smashing a panel on the uPVC front door.
Once inside the house, the offenders ransacked it, turning cupboards and drawers out and upside down.
They took jewellery, cash and some sentimental personal items, including a large collection of Zippo lighters, some of which had the victim’s name engraved on them.
A large sum of cash in notes and coins was stolen and police said the coins would have been heavy to lift and taken a lot of effort to carry away.
The burglary happened between 1.15pm and 3pm on Monday while the people living at the house had gone out.
PC Jonathan Butler, from Waterlooville police station, said: ‘This burglary happened within a small time frame on Monday lunchtime.
‘There may well have been witnesses in the locality as this is near a busy junction with Milton Road.
‘We’re appealing for witnesses to this incident and anyone who may have seen people calling at houses in the Hart Plain Avenue and Milton Road area of Waterlooville.’
He added: ‘Please remember not to leave large sums of cash at home, and to always use banks. Ensure valuables are locked away safely.’
Anyone with information could call Waterlooville police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111