Thieves steal jewellery after burglary at Portsmouth homes

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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BURGLARS stole sentimental jewellery during a raid on an elderly woman’s home.

Thieves gained entry to a house in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea, after forcing open a double glazed window at the front of the property.

The incident took place at between 10pm on Sunday September 11 and 4.15pm on Monday September 12.

Among the items stolen during the break-in were a gold Victorian locket which had a shield engraved on one side and a pattern on the other.

Inside was a picture of the woman’s husband and holds immense sentimental value.

A 3in wide heavy gold bracelet engraved with patterns, a 22in long heavy gold chain, and an oak jewellery box with hexagons carved into the front and clear glass on the lid with a pink flower. This contained numerous items of jewellery, mainly gold.

Also stolen was a pink Nintendo DS in a white zip up case and £200 cash.

PC Mark Brockman of the priority crime team said: ‘We would like to speak to anyone who has knowledge of the offenders to contact us.

‘This is a crime against an older woman who has been left shaken up by this offence.

‘The locket is very distinctive and if anyone believes they have been offered these items to buy please get in touch with us.’

Anyone with information should contact PC Brockman at Fratton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.