Police probe serial burglary links in Portsmouth and Fareham

Police are investigating whether eight burglaries in Portsmouth and Fareham are linked.

Between Thursday 12 July and Wednesday 18 July, seven houses were broken into on: Dysart Avenue, Station Road, Mulberry Lane, Court Lane, Central Road, Old Manor Way, and South Road in Drayton.

Most of the burglaries happened during the day, between 8am and 2pm, where someone broke in through an insecure window or by forcing entry at the rear of a property. Entry was gained to two of the homes through a first floor bathroom window after the burglar climbed onto a porchway. Jewellery and watches have been taken including: a silver pocketwatch with long silver Albert chain, a silver bangle hallmarked Birmingham 1961, and a 9ct gold ring with RCJ engraved to the front and RACS on the inside.

In one case, on South Road, an 85 year-old woman disturbed a burglar in her home at just after midday on Tuesday 17 July. She described him as:

• White.

• Around 18 years-old.

• Tall and skinny.

• He was wearing a baseball cap and light blue t-shirt.

Jewellery had been taken after the man broke in through an insecure window. He ran off towards Grove Road when he was disturbed.

Yesterday (Thursday 19 July) at some point between 7am and 2:15pm a house on the Downsway in Fareham was broken into. Entry was gained through an upstairs bathroom window. A quantity of jewellery and cigarettes were stolen.