Devastated Portsmouth woman appeals for help after white BMW is stolen

The BMW was stolen in Southsea earlier this week. Picture: Ami Hanshaw
The BMW was stolen in Southsea earlier this week. Picture: Ami Hanshaw

A WOMAN from Southsea is hoping to be reunited with her car after it was stolen this week.

Ami Hanshaw, 33, had her white BMW 1 series stolen from Winter Road on Wednesday night, after thieves broke into the keyless vehicle.

Ami's car was stolen in Southsea sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Picture: Ami Hanshaw

Ami's car was stolen in Southsea sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Picture: Ami Hanshaw

Now, after hearing rumours over social media of a similar car being driven around with the number plates removed, Ami is pleading for help finding the car before it disappears for good.

She said: ‘I parked outside my house on Wednesday night, and on Thursday morning the car had been taken.

‘No fobs had been taken or anything but because the car has keyless entry, the police believe the key’s signal may have been replicated somehow.

‘But they say that to do this, the person who stole the car would probably have been following me or scoping out the car – to think that someone could have been watching my every move really creeps me out.’

Since sharing the news on social media, Ami says she has been contacted by other people around Portsmouth to inform her of a vehicle matching her description, being driven with no number plates.

She said: ‘One woman told me that she had seen a similar BMW driving around Cosham, with another woman saying that she saw something in Portchester.

‘By the sounds of it the car could still be in the area – and the support I’ve had from people so far has been fantastic.

‘It’s just heartbreaking though – I saved for so long and worked so hard for my car, and to have it stolen like this is just devastating.

‘There are sentimental things in the car that I may never get back, and I think that is what upsets me the most.’

A spokesman from Hampshire police said: ‘We received a report that a BMW was stolen from outside a house on Winter Road, Southsea.

‘The incident took place sometime overnight on October 10, into the morning of October 11.

‘Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44180382565.’