Burglars target multiple homes in Waterlooville in broad daylight during spree

POLICE have warned of a spree of daytime thefts, with several streets being targeted over 24 hours.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 10:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 4:44 pm

Homes and vehicles across the Waterlooville and Clanfield areas were broken into, with various items stolen by thieves, including bikes, power tools and a single bottle of hand sanitiser.

The incidents all took place between Sunday and Monday.

Waterlooville police said: ‘We have had a number of daytime thefts that have occurred in the Tempest Avenue area yesterday.

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Hitherwood Close, one of the streets that was targeted by thieves. Photo: Google

‘A small white male was seen to enter garages, cars and sheds. There were potentially a number of other suspects involved and several bikes were stolen.’

In High Trees, Waterlooville, a garage was broken into between 12.30pm and 12.35pm on Monday, with the victim noticing a ‘young white male with dark hair on his driveway’.

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After checking the garage, the victim found three mountain bikes had been stolen, along with a case of white wine, a Bosch rotary lawn mower, a De Walt circular saw, a Black & Decker strimmer and a Bosch pressure washer.

Later on that day, in nearby Topaz Grove, a resident reported two males being seen trying garage doors at 6.30pm.

One was described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 10ins tall, skinny with a small black beard. He was wearing a baseball cap, blue top and trousers.

Elsewhere, in Lucerne Avenue, burglars had attempted to break into a home overnight, smashing a rear patio door. No entry was gained, police said.

In Bilberry Avenue, Clanfield, a thief broke into a vehicle between midnight and 12.30pm on Sunday.

A police spokesman said: ‘The owner found the passenger door open and the glove compartment emptied. The only thing reported stolen was a bottle of hand sanitiser.’

While in Hitherwood Close, Waterlooville, later that day, at 6.30pm, a thief broke into a garage and stole a Chris Boardman bicycle.

Suspicious activity was also reported in nearby Everglades on Monday but no crime had taken place.

Police are now looking to track down those responsible for the break-ins

Waterlooville police added: ‘We currently do not know the identity of the suspect(s). If you have footage which shows the suspects clearly, please email it in to [email protected]

If anyone has any information about these incidents, they should call 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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