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THIEVES have stolen cash, jewellery, Rolex watches and electrical goods in a spate of burglaries.

Six of them were in the Catisfield and Highlands area of Fareham and police say they may be linked.

It comes after three unconnected burglaries last month.

Three homes in Balmoral Road, Burnham Wood and Nicholas Crescent, in Highlands, Fareham, were hit between 9am and 10.15pm on December 1.

Jewellery and cash were taken. Police do not know if there is one or more thieves in the linked burglaries.

Another three homes were targeted in Appleton Road, Cherrygarth Road and Woodbourne Close, in Catisfield, Fareham.

They all happened on November 27 between 7.15am and 6.50pm.

Cash, jewellery and small electrical items were stolen.

Now councillor Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council, said he will raise the increase in burglaries with the new police district commander.

He said: ‘It’s sad when scum behave like this at any time in the year.

‘Especially in the lead-up to Christmas when they know people are more likely to have money and valuables in their property.’

PC Tara Magnus, of the Fareham and Gosport Priority Crime Team, is investigating the linked burglaries.

She said: ‘We have seen an increase in reports of these types of burglaries and, with the run-up to Christmas, we want people to make sure they protect their property.

‘In the majority of these cases ladies’ jewellery has been taken.

‘Please ensure you have the appropriate level of security for the value of your items.’

The three unconnected burglaries include the theft of a Rolex watch and jewellery from a home in Anker Lane, Stubbington, between 7.40am and 6.50pm on November 27.

Earlier, on November 26 a thief stole jewellery from a home in Castle Street, Portchester, between 11am and 12.15pm.

And on November 25 a burglar smashed their way into a home in Forest Lane, Fareham. The criminal took a men’s Oyster Rolex watch, a distinctive chunky moonstone bracelet, ring and necklace with silver setting.

It happened between 9.20am and 4.20pm. Call police on 101.