Hampshire Police have issued a warning to residents after a spate of break ins in the Waterlooville, Havant, Emsworth and Hayling Island areas. The raids take place overnight or during the early evening when it becomes dark.
Detective Sergeant Steve Kelly, of the Priority Crime team at Waterlooville, said: 'It really can be devastating for a homeowner to arrive home and find their property turned upside down. We're encouraging residents to take our advice to do everything they can to avoid their home being targeted.
'The main advice is to leave your home secure and make sure it looks occupied, leave a light on or buy a timer switch to avoid your home being in darkness before you get home from work.'
Two men have been caught after they crashed their getaway car as they made off from a burglary in Sevenoaks.
On 6th June a witness saw a man entering a window of a house in Shacklands Road, Shoreham. He then saw the man leaving the house through the window with a black canvas bag.
Shortly after, police were called to a crash in Polhil. Officers attended the collision and noted that the registration of the car was the same as that seen leaving the burglary, and that it contained a black canvas bag full of items stolen from the house.
Anthony Gachette, 56, of Derwent Street in Greenwich and 30 year old Richard Fabri of no fixed abode were arrested and later charged with burglary.
Fabri, who was on licence, was recalled to prison and sentenced to 50 months in custody. Anthony Gachette was sentenced to two years in prison.
Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in the Kinson area of the town.
It happened some time between 1.30pm and 2pm on Wednesday 13th November at a property on Cunningham Crescent.
It is believed two men were involved, with one pushing his way inside the property and assaulting one of the occupants, an 85-year-old man. The offenders made off with a quantity of cash.
The elderly victim was taken to hospital as a precaution after receiving a minor head injury.
This callous crime has left an elderly man and his wife extremely frightened and scared to be in their own home. I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the two men acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch. The two offenders are both described as being white, aged between 20 and 30 and around six feet tall. We also believe a third man wearing a green jacket was seen acting strangely in the Cunningham Crescent area at the time of the offence.”
– Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Bournemouth CID
A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of house burglaries. 43 year Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.
Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment and Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.
A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of burglaries in the Thames Valley area. 43 year old Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst, were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.
Simon Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment and Tara Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.**
"I am really pleased with the verdict and in particular the hefty sentence which was handed down by the judge.**
Both acted together and travelled by train to the scene of their crimes.**
A number of the victims were elderly and they concentrated on stealing items like jewellery of great sentimentality which cannot be replaced."**
– Det Con Ben Sherriff from Loddon Valley police station
More than £5000 worth of jewellery has been stolen in a burglary in Basingstoke. Offenders broke into a house in Winchester Road on Thursday 10th October by forcing the kitchen door open.
Once inside the offenders stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery. Police are keen to speak to anyone who has seen a vehicle with ‘garden services’ markings which may have been in the area at the time.
Residents are reminded to ensure their homes and vehicles are kept secure at all times and encouraged to report any suspicious activity or people in the area.
Detectives in Basingstoke are investigating following a number of burglaries across the district. These incidents, which all happened in the daytime, are being linked. Officers are appealing for people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police immediately.
Houses in Wood Close and the Crofts in Hatch Warren were broken into and jewellery was stolen. Another property in Green Lane in Ellisfield was targeted but the offenders were disturbed.
The burglary at the house in The Crofts was particularly unusual in that the offenders are believed to have dragged a safe along an alleyway between The Crofts and Whitestones towards Hatch Warren Lane. Did you see this happening? Do you know anything about any of these incidents?”
Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of army medals were stolen from a home in Weymouth.
As well as the medals being stolen, a purple mountain bike, laptop, satellite navigation system and cash were also stolen from the property.
Constable Andy Dickinson, of Weymouth Police said, "This callous act has occurred while the owner was away on holiday, and he has returned to find a quantity of personal items stolen as well as war medals of great sentimental value.
"These medals were given to the victim for good service in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and long service awards."
The incident happened at a house in Verne Road in the Rodwell area of Weymouth, between the 15th and 26th of September.