Student home trashed by thieves in burglary

RAID Mathew Jones' home was burgled while he was out.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (110751-4300)
RAID Mathew Jones' home was burgled while he was out. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110751-4300)

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A STUDENT has told of his anger after thieves ransacked his home and stole his belongings.

Mathew Jones was working at Highlight Comedy Club in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays when his housemate raised the alarm.

He arrived home to discover thieves had smashed their way through the front door of the house in Brougham Road, Southsea, and gone on a wrecking spree before stealing £700 worth of his possessions.

The 23-year-old, who is studying to become a primary school teacher at the University of Portsmouth, has lived at the house for five years.

He said: ‘I was at work when it happened. I got a phone call from one of my housemates who said the house had been burgled. I left work straight away.

‘When I got there the door had a great big hole in it where they had kicked it in. I went into the front room and it had been completely turned over.

‘There was stuff everywhere.

‘It just looked like someone had come in and trashed the place. All of the stuff that got stolen was mine.’

The thieves fled with Mr Jones’s passport, driving licence, an iPod classic, black French connection jacket, and a navy blue rugby bag with ‘Solent Barbarians’ and ‘MJ’ written on it.

The burglars also stole a brand new Playstation 3 in its original box, as well as two wireless controllers and games including Fifa 11, Medal of Honour and Mafia II.

The burglary – which happened between 7pm on February 18 and 2am on February 19 – is the second in the space of a year at the house.

Thieves also broke into the house in March last year. However they were caught in the act and did not manage to steal anything.

Mr Jones added: ‘I feel quite vulnerable now. I hate the thought that somebody’s been into my house and gone through my stuff.

‘They must have been watching the house to find out when we were out.’

Call PC Mark Brockman from Portsmouth’s priority crime team at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 0454545.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.