A POLICE helicopter hunted a runaway burglar for hours after a raid in broad daylight.
Hampshire police said the force deployed the helicopter in a bid to locate a suspect still thought to be near a house in Furzeley Road, Denmead, on Saturday.
Despite scouring the area for several hours, the criminal was not found and remains on the run as of yesterday night.
The burglary happened in the quiet rural and sparsely populated road at around 5pm.
People in the area at the time reported seeing up to four police cars respond, with one parked in a field.
Nearby resident John King, 64, said: ‘I didn’t hear any police sirens or anything.
‘You see a helicopter and you think it’s going to be something serious.
‘Normally it’s for the more serious stuff. It was going on for quite a while.’
No details have been released about the victim of the raid or what was taken.
Resident Mark Woodroof, 46, added: ‘I saw the helicopter. We live in a nice area, you don’t expect a police chopper hovering above us.’
The helicopter was stood down on Saturday evening after the person responsible for the burglary was not found.
Another resident, 40, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I’m surprised the police didn’t come and look at the outbuildings.’
She added she was not worried about the burglary as she has pet dogs in her own home.
A 70-year-old man, who did not want to be named, said he saw the helicopter and understood a house had been burgled.
In its general security advice, Hampshire police said 18 per cent of homes do not have adequate door locks.
And 14 per cent do not have proper window locks.
Overall, a third of burglaries result from unlocked, premises, the force added.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.
Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.