Distinctive lighters stolen in burglary

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THIEVES stole a collection of at least 15 Zippo lighters in a house burglary.

Crooks broke in through the front door of the home in Tunstall Road, Cosham.

They then fled with the lighters, seven bottles of wine and a £160 Seiko watch with a gold face.

The lighters included a Big Truck Zippo featuring an 18-wheeler American truck in a presentation tin, and a D-Day collection featuring four solid brass lighters with military leaders on.

The thieves also took a Zippo featuring a Spitfire during the break-in, which happened between 10pm on Monday, March 21, and 4.45pm the next day.

A police spokesman said: ‘We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the break-in or who may have been offered similar items for sale recently.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Stephen Ryan at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting crime reference number 44110120078. Or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.