THIEVES fled with irreplaceable jewellery after breaking into an elderly couple’s home.
Burglars got into the property in Shearer Road, Fratton, via the back door while the victims - both aged 74 - were out.
When they returned home the couple discovered crooks had stolen jewellery including six gold rings, nine necklaces, three watches, a silver brooch, a pair of silver cuff links and a pair of clip-on pearl earrings.
They also stole a light oak jewellery box and a money jar containing about £65 cash.
The burglary happened between noon and 4pm on April 18 but police have only just released details.
PC Steve Ryan from Fratton’s burglary investigation team said: ‘I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual that day to please come forward.
‘The victims are very shaken up from this incident and the jewellery taken was of great sentimental value.
‘It appears that the offender or offenders have accessed the back of the property and forced the back door open to get in. This may have caused some noise and as this happened in the middle of the day, there is a good chance someone may have seen something.’
Contact PC Ryan at Fratton police station with information on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.