Thieves smash window of Land Rover parked in Portsmouth street and run off with Louis Vuitton handbag

A TRIO of people have been caught on camera breaking into a vehicle and stealing an expensive handbag from inside.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 12:01 pm

Video footage shows a small group smashing the window of a Land Rover Discovery in Lower Church Path, Portsmouth, on Wednesday afternoon – using a fire extinguisher.

They took a handbag from inside and ran off down the road.

Donald Price, 29, of S&D Sparkles, saw the entire thing unfold in front of him.

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A handbag is stolen from a Land Rover Discovery parked in Lower Church Path, Portsmouth, on March 11. Picture: S&D Sparkles

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He said: ‘It was a customer who came round – she was literally only here for about 10 seconds.

‘It sounded like somebody had crashed into a wall. I came outside and saw three people running off.

‘They took a Louis Vuitton handbag so it was an expensive one.

S&D Sparkles owner Donald Price outside his shop on November 26, 2020. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘The people running off looked quite young – I just couldn’t believe that they carried a fire extinguisher around with them and were brazen enough to commit a crime like this in broad daylight.’

Mr Price added that the names of those potentially involved are known to traders in the nearby area, and that these had been passed to Hampshire Constabulary.

A spokeswoman for the police force said: ‘We were called at 1.47pm on Wednesday, March 10 to a report that shortly after 1.40pm, three men had approached a grey Land Rover Discovery parked on Lower Church Path and smashed the front passenger side window.

‘One of the three men then grabbed a handbag from the passenger seat and ran away.

‘An investigation into the incident is ongoing.’

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