THIEVES stole a safe from a nursing home that looks after dementia patients.
Police said the thieves removed a window from the Cosham Court Nursing Home to get in and take the safe containing possessions of 42 residents.
It was found later near Highbury College, a mile away from the Albert Road home in Cosham.
It has not been revealed if the items were removed.
Detective Constable Carla-Marie Moore of Eastern investigation team said: ‘I would appeal to anyone who can help us identify those responsible for the theft of this property to contact us.
‘This was a large safe and would probably have needed more than one person to remove it.’
Someone entered the home between 2am and 4am on Wednesday.
Det Con Moore added: ‘Did you see any suspicious activity in the area of Albert Road or Highbury College in the early hours of Wednesday morning or do you have any information about who may have been involved?’
Last night staff at the home confirmed it had been burgled.
A police spokesman added: ‘Anyone with information should contact Det Con Moore at Fratton police station on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Up to 47 people live at the home, including people who suffer from dementia and need nursing or personal care.