Gems stolen from pensioner in Lee-on-the-Solent

ANTIQUES, jewellery and cash have been stolen from a pensioner in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Police said that the victim, a woman in her 80s, was woken by a noise at about 6.30am on Sunday, July 18 and soon realised items had been taken from the house she owns in Raynes Road.

They were removed from all parts of the property – including the bedroom she was sleeping in – between the hours of 11pm on Saturday, July 17 and the following morning.

The items included a silvered 1920s pewter platter, 12-inches long and cast into the shape of a pond with a frog and fish on top.

A Longines men’s gold watch, bought new in the 1970s, and an Omega ‘Seamaster’ women’s watch, bought 25 years ago, were also stolen. The Omega watch is silver in colour and has a stainless steel bracelet. The numbers on the face are golden in colour.

Another part of the valuable haul was a Gondolo fob watch, made of white gold marcasite with a blue sapphire set into the winder.

Brooche

The last item taken from her home was a brooche in the shape of a monkey hanging from a branch, which is encrusted in diamond.

As well as the antiques and jewellery, £100 in cash was also stolen.

Officers believe the suspect gained entry via an insecure rear conservatory door, accessed from an unlocked garden side gate.

PC Kirsty Watts said: “A number of much-loved and precious antique items have been stolen from this elderly woman’s home and we are doing everything we can to trace them.

“Do you recognise any of the items listed in this appeal? Have you seen anything matching their description for sale online?

“The items were taken between 11pm on Saturday, July 17 and 6.30am on Sunday, July 18. Did you see anything suspicious on Raynes Road during these hours?

“Have you got any CCTV footage or information you are able to share?

“We believe the suspect gained access to the property via an insecure rear conservatory door. We would like to remind locals to ensure all doors are locked and to report any suspicious behaviour.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44210283486.

Alternatively, they can submit information via the link or pass it on, anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.