ELDERLY people have been warned to stay vigilant after a jewellery collection worth £5,000 was snatched during a night-time robbery.
Police have launched an investigation after thieves entered the home of an 80-year-old woman in Aylen Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, and fled with the haul while she slept.
The incident happened between 11pm on Friday, October 19, and midnight on the morning of Saturday, October 20.
Watches, bracelets, earrings and rings were among the items. One of the watches is described as a silver metal ladies’ watch containing large blue stones. Another is described as a silver Marcel Druker watch.
Police say the collection was built up over a lifetime.
Cllr Neill Young, who represents the Copnor ward on Portsmouth City Council, said the incident was ‘shocking’.
He said: ‘It’s quite disappointing this has happened and I am too aware we need to make people know what’s going on.
‘It’s important for people to be vigilant and if there’s anything they see which is out of the ordinary, or concerned about, I urge them to contact the police.’
Fellow ward representative Cllr Mike Park said: ‘It’s particularly despicable as there is sentimental value attached.
‘She will now have her confidence destroyed. I hope she’s soon able to make some recovery and retrieve the items that were stolen.
‘I used to receive police statistics and it’s surprising how many burglaries take place in the area.’
Mary Waterman, of the Copnor sisterhood at the Methodist Church, said: ‘It’s a matter of ensuring people are safe and they understand about burglaries. Older people are of a trusting age. It’s wicked. You can replace jewellery with cash but cannot replace items of sentimental value. It was given to you as a reason – you cannot take that away.’
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously around residential streets near the railway line late on Friday night or just after midnight on Saturday morning in the Copnor area.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the identity of the suspects are asked to contact Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.