THIEVES have stolen a samurai sword, mobile phones, laptops and jewellery in a spate of eight burglaries across four days.
The burglaries in Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent have seen thieves force open doors, smash a window with a brick and enter homes through unlocked doors – stealing items while occupants slept.
The first was on Wednesday, February 20 in The Crossways, Forton, when a burglar walked in through an unlocked door between 2.15pm and 6pm, stealing a computer monitor, two bottles of alcohol and a Samsung notebook laptop.
Then on Thursday at 3am, a thief smashed a window with a brick and stole a samurai sword in Ferrol Road.
Councillor Keith Farr, member for Forton ward, said residents should be vigilant.
He said: ‘It’s a disgrace what they’ve done.’
‘What I’m concerned about is when is it going to stop?’
In the early hours of Thursday, burglars also broke into a home in Fitzroy Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent, taking two handbags, an iPhone and an Apple Macbook.
Both were found dumped in Brewers Lane, Bridgemary.
Burglars walked into a home in Russell Street, Brockhurst through an unlocked door while the occupants were asleep between 11.30pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday.
The thieves stole a wallet from a backpack and handbag, dumping the two bags nearby.
An iPhone 4, Packard Bell laptop, orange handbag, digital camera and make-up bag were stolen from a home in Leonard Road, Forton, between midnight on Thursday and 5.20am on Friday.
The thief may have entered through an unlocked door.
Resident Paul Smith, 23, of Leonard Road, said: ‘We’re quite secure here.
‘But I know Gosport is bad for it and the flats down the road used to be burgled often.’
Jewellery was stolen after thieves smashed into a property in Dunkeld Road, Elson, between 8.30am and 10.30pm on Friday.
And a thief broke into a home in Findon Road, Hardway, between midnight on Friday and 11.40am on Saturday. Police do not know if anything was stolen.
Criminals tried to enter a home in Kingston Road, Brockhurst, between 5.30pm on Thursday and 7.30am on Friday but failed.
Police have not linked the crimes but say they are open-minded. Call 101.