Emsworth burglary leads to hot weather security reminder

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Police are encouraging homeowners to be more aware of their home security as the temperature rises this week.

A burglary took place in Woolmer Street, Emsworth yesterday (Wednesday, May 23), highlighting the importance of how open doors and windows can make it easy for opportunist thieves.

An older couple were watching television in their living room between 3pm and 3.20pm. They had left their front door, back door and windows open to help ventilate the house. The couple’s dog was heard barking and the male homeowner went to investigate. A man was found at the front door asking for directions to the train station. The man was given directions and was seen walking away from the house. A short time later the female homeowner noticed her handbag containing £15, which was by the front door was missing.

The offender is described as white, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, 16-18 years old, of a slight build with a local accent.

The man had short, dark hair combed backwards and was clean shaven. He was wearing a striped t-shirt, khaki coloured 3/4 length shorts, white ankle socks and dark trainers.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or may be able to identify the offender should contact PC Paul Janowicz at Waterlooville police station on 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.