Handbags and jewellery stolen after window left unlocked at student's home

Daily Echo: £30K haul of watches and bags stolen from student £30K haul of watches and bags stolen from student

THIEVES raided a student flat in Southampton stealing £30,000 worth of designer handbags and watches.

A total of seven bags, including two by Chanel, and a Patek Philippe watch worth around £10,000, were snatched from a ground floor flat in the city.

The victim, a student from the University of Southampton, came home from a few days away visiting friends to discover her home in Archers Road had been ransacked.

Police are now warning university students living in the city to keep windows and doors locked to prevent opportunist thieves striking again.

Thieves gained entry to the St Anne’s Gate flat through an unlocked window and once inside, raided a shelf where the seven bags and the watch were on display.

The bags included a small purple Chanel clutch and a black Chanel shoulder bag.

They also managed to escape with a laptop, iPad and a haul of jewellery including necklaces and earring designed by VCA.

Officers investigating the burglary are not linking this with any other incidents in the city, but are urging students to be extra vigilant to ensure they don’t become targets.

Police Staff Investigator Kelly Godden said: “I would urge all students to ensure their flats are secure every time they leave home and keep valuables out of sight, especially away from any windows.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have been offered any of these items for sale or who may have seen them for sale online, so that we can return them to their rightful owner.”

Anyone with information about the theft, which happened between May 13 and May 16, should contact PSI Kelly Godden at Shirley police station on 101.

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12:19pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Frank28 says...

When I was a student in Southampton, I had to live a very meager life through having little money with nothing of value to be stolen!
When I was a student in Southampton, I had to live a very meager life through having little money with nothing of value to be stolen! Frank28
  • Score: 23

12:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Saintcosser says...

Not nice for the victim but £10,000 for a handbag is just bloody ridiculous.
Not nice for the victim but £10,000 for a handbag is just bloody ridiculous. Saintcosser
  • Score: 22

12:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Saintcosser says...

My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though
My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though Saintcosser
  • Score: 22

12:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

Well if your gonna leave that sh!t lying around and not in a secured location tough t!ts my dear. Leaving them on display is a really dumb move
Well if your gonna leave that sh!t lying around and not in a secured location tough t!ts my dear. Leaving them on display is a really dumb move Mary80
  • Score: 18

12:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

You can buy locked metal boxes called Safes. They are called that for a reason. But i guess you do not care about the value of things mummy and daddy buy for you aye.
You can buy locked metal boxes called Safes. They are called that for a reason. But i guess you do not care about the value of things mummy and daddy buy for you aye. kiddynamite
  • Score: 16

1:02pm Tue 3 Jun 14

The Music Man says...

Richest student ever...
Richest student ever... The Music Man
  • Score: 18

1:21pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

Saintcosser wrote:
My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though
what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?
[quote][p][bold]Saintcosser[/bold] wrote: My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though[/p][/quote]what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ? Jonny Maths
  • Score: -4

1:27pm Tue 3 Jun 14

camerajuan says...

A lot of people choosing to ignore the blatant disregard for other people's property and instead blaming the victim for simply having expensive things?!

We don't know the student and we don't know their family. So what if they have expensive things. Doesn't make it right to steal them no matter how they were displayed. Yes if I was in her shoes I would lock all doors and windows before leaving the house, but it's still theft and it's still wrong. Makes no odds how much the goods were and that she's a student. Rich family kids go to uni too. It's allowed.

Also, d'you think this thief was a very lucky thief to find the only window open with goods in there worth that much or did they know what was inside and targeted the flat specifically? Could they possibly know the student? Something doesn't smell right. All these petty robberies and muggings for phones and wallets. My money is that this person, or an associate, has been in that flat once before, and possibly left the window open for themselves/someone to come back later.
A lot of people choosing to ignore the blatant disregard for other people's property and instead blaming the victim for simply having expensive things?! We don't know the student and we don't know their family. So what if they have expensive things. Doesn't make it right to steal them no matter how they were displayed. Yes if I was in her shoes I would lock all doors and windows before leaving the house, but it's still theft and it's still wrong. Makes no odds how much the goods were and that she's a student. Rich family kids go to uni too. It's allowed. Also, d'you think this thief was a very lucky thief to find the only window open with goods in there worth that much or did they know what was inside and targeted the flat specifically? Could they possibly know the student? Something doesn't smell right. All these petty robberies and muggings for phones and wallets. My money is that this person, or an associate, has been in that flat once before, and possibly left the window open for themselves/someone to come back later. camerajuan
  • Score: 13

1:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ALDEBARAN says...

Flashy git. Deserved it.
Flashy git. Deserved it. ALDEBARAN
  • Score: -19

1:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
Saintcosser wrote:
My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though
what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?
They got stolen?
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintcosser[/bold] wrote: My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though[/p][/quote]what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?[/p][/quote]They got stolen? Zexagon
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Outside of the Box says...

Insurance scam?
Insurance scam? Outside of the Box
  • Score: 7

2:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

ALDEBARAN wrote:
Flashy git. Deserved it.
what a colossal knob you are.... just because you probably sit around in your own filth does not stop others from enjoying the finer things in life.... no offence...
[quote][p][bold]ALDEBARAN[/bold] wrote: Flashy git. Deserved it.[/p][/quote]what a colossal knob you are.... just because you probably sit around in your own filth does not stop others from enjoying the finer things in life.... no offence... Jonny Maths
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Highfielder says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
Insurance scam?
How could it be an insurance scam if the window was left open in a ground floor flat? No insurance company is likely to pay out in that circumstance unless the owner was actually in (which doesn't appear to have been the case).
It doesn't matter what the value of the stolen property is, theft and burglary are wrong and are crimes and it is a sad reflection of the times we live in that posters can come on here and blame the victim, however careless and naïve.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Insurance scam?[/p][/quote]How could it be an insurance scam if the window was left open in a ground floor flat? No insurance company is likely to pay out in that circumstance unless the owner was actually in (which doesn't appear to have been the case). It doesn't matter what the value of the stolen property is, theft and burglary are wrong and are crimes and it is a sad reflection of the times we live in that posters can come on here and blame the victim, however careless and naïve. Highfielder
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

A fool and their money...
A fool and their money... rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -1

3:35pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Shellarc says...

I would encourage the police to check that this is not an insurance scam. If you do have this stuff you are a fool to go away leaving it all on display and leaving your window open.

I don't think its a reflection of our times, i would have the same opinion whenever.
I would encourage the police to check that this is not an insurance scam. If you do have this stuff you are a fool to go away leaving it all on display and leaving your window open. I don't think its a reflection of our times, i would have the same opinion whenever. Shellarc
  • Score: -1

4:14pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Outside of the Box says...

Highfielder wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
Insurance scam?
How could it be an insurance scam if the window was left open in a ground floor flat? No insurance company is likely to pay out in that circumstance unless the owner was actually in (which doesn't appear to have been the case).
It doesn't matter what the value of the stolen property is, theft and burglary are wrong and are crimes and it is a sad reflection of the times we live in that posters can come on here and blame the victim, however careless and naïve.
Correct me if I am wrong but the report says the window was unlocked not open, therefore it is quite plausible that the window could have been forced open.
[quote][p][bold]Highfielder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: Insurance scam?[/p][/quote]How could it be an insurance scam if the window was left open in a ground floor flat? No insurance company is likely to pay out in that circumstance unless the owner was actually in (which doesn't appear to have been the case). It doesn't matter what the value of the stolen property is, theft and burglary are wrong and are crimes and it is a sad reflection of the times we live in that posters can come on here and blame the victim, however careless and naïve.[/p][/quote]Correct me if I am wrong but the report says the window was unlocked not open, therefore it is quite plausible that the window could have been forced open. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 2

4:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mary80 says...

camerajuan wrote:
A lot of people choosing to ignore the blatant disregard for other people's property and instead blaming the victim for simply having expensive things?!

We don't know the student and we don't know their family. So what if they have expensive things. Doesn't make it right to steal them no matter how they were displayed. Yes if I was in her shoes I would lock all doors and windows before leaving the house, but it's still theft and it's still wrong. Makes no odds how much the goods were and that she's a student. Rich family kids go to uni too. It's allowed.

Also, d'you think this thief was a very lucky thief to find the only window open with goods in there worth that much or did they know what was inside and targeted the flat specifically? Could they possibly know the student? Something doesn't smell right. All these petty robberies and muggings for phones and wallets. My money is that this person, or an associate, has been in that flat once before, and possibly left the window open for themselves/someone to come back later.
Uh clearly someone KNEW the person had the expensive stuff as no student i know can afford a second hand car let alone 30k worth of stuff
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: A lot of people choosing to ignore the blatant disregard for other people's property and instead blaming the victim for simply having expensive things?! We don't know the student and we don't know their family. So what if they have expensive things. Doesn't make it right to steal them no matter how they were displayed. Yes if I was in her shoes I would lock all doors and windows before leaving the house, but it's still theft and it's still wrong. Makes no odds how much the goods were and that she's a student. Rich family kids go to uni too. It's allowed. Also, d'you think this thief was a very lucky thief to find the only window open with goods in there worth that much or did they know what was inside and targeted the flat specifically? Could they possibly know the student? Something doesn't smell right. All these petty robberies and muggings for phones and wallets. My money is that this person, or an associate, has been in that flat once before, and possibly left the window open for themselves/someone to come back later.[/p][/quote]Uh clearly someone KNEW the person had the expensive stuff as no student i know can afford a second hand car let alone 30k worth of stuff Mary80
  • Score: 1

4:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

I'm sure Daddy will replace them,b!oody ridiculous ,students with designer watches and handbags
No doubt comes from the Far East
I'm sure Daddy will replace them,b!oody ridiculous ,students with designer watches and handbags No doubt comes from the Far East bullsbags
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

banditmike says...

And students always pleading poverty!
And students always pleading poverty! banditmike
  • Score: -2

8:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Niel says...

banditmike wrote:
And students always pleading poverty!
Most UK students are short of cash, lower middle class parents earning just too much ~45K/annum combined income and no grant, just a small loan. Overseas students however, those that are state sponsored especially, seem to have more than enough to buy such fripperies.

Partly why so many universities would rather recruit overseas students, easy money and no complaints as long as they get a degree, no matter how meaningless.
[quote][p][bold]banditmike[/bold] wrote: And students always pleading poverty![/p][/quote]Most UK students are short of cash, lower middle class parents earning just too much ~45K/annum combined income and no grant, just a small loan. Overseas students however, those that are state sponsored especially, seem to have more than enough to buy such fripperies. Partly why so many universities would rather recruit overseas students, easy money and no complaints as long as they get a degree, no matter how meaningless. Niel
  • Score: -2

8:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

totally STUPID comments on here by absolute morons.... foreign students to UK higher education are often LOADED and pay MUCH MORE tuition fees than UK student and this helps keep fees lower overall. They also pour millions into the local economy.... honestly , is this the only regional paper that attracts posters who are as thick as sh1t or are we just unlucky here in Southampton.
totally STUPID comments on here by absolute morons.... foreign students to UK higher education are often LOADED and pay MUCH MORE tuition fees than UK student and this helps keep fees lower overall. They also pour millions into the local economy.... honestly , is this the only regional paper that attracts posters who are as thick as sh1t or are we just unlucky here in Southampton. Jonny Maths
  • Score: 4

9:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Hooray, victim blaming! Heaven forbid anyone has anything nice. Deserve to get it stolen, idiots, eh! And as for rape victims, well.....
Hooray, victim blaming! Heaven forbid anyone has anything nice. Deserve to get it stolen, idiots, eh! And as for rape victims, well..... Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Shellarc wrote:
I would encourage the police to check that this is not an insurance scam. If you do have this stuff you are a fool to go away leaving it all on display and leaving your window open.

I don't think its a reflection of our times, i would have the same opinion whenever.
Tw@t
[quote][p][bold]Shellarc[/bold] wrote: I would encourage the police to check that this is not an insurance scam. If you do have this stuff you are a fool to go away leaving it all on display and leaving your window open. I don't think its a reflection of our times, i would have the same opinion whenever.[/p][/quote]Tw@t Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Stubs says...

Crash for cash.
Crash for cash. Stubs
  • Score: -3

11:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
Saintcosser wrote:
My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though
what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?
I have a £16 watch from Tesco's, tells the time and date, very accurate too, no idea why anyone would need a watch costing ten grand, clearly more money than sense, I guess daddy paid for it all and if they can afford to give their little darling bags and watches costing tens of thousands of pounds they they can afford to replace it.
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintcosser[/bold] wrote: My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though[/p][/quote]what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?[/p][/quote]I have a £16 watch from Tesco's, tells the time and date, very accurate too, no idea why anyone would need a watch costing ten grand, clearly more money than sense, I guess daddy paid for it all and if they can afford to give their little darling bags and watches costing tens of thousands of pounds they they can afford to replace it. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 0

6:55am Wed 4 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

Jonny Maths wrote:
Saintcosser wrote:
My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though
what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?
Paying £10,000 more money than sense!!
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Maths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintcosser[/bold] wrote: My mistake a £10,000 watch. Still ridiculous though[/p][/quote]what is ridiculous about a £10,000 watch ?[/p][/quote]Paying £10,000 more money than sense!! Kirsty666
  • Score: 0

6:58am Wed 4 Jun 14

Kirsty666 says...

Id start looking at pawnbrokers i.e. Cash Generator, cash converters cash recycle ect
Id start looking at pawnbrokers i.e. Cash Generator, cash converters cash recycle ect Kirsty666
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

bullsbags wrote:
I'm sure Daddy will replace them,b!oody ridiculous ,students with designer watches and handbags
No doubt comes from the Far East
If Southampton Uni is attracting "high-end" students, like older and more prestigious Uni's - Durham Leeds and Birmingham, why be so negative about your home?
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Daddy will replace them,b!oody ridiculous ,students with designer watches and handbags No doubt comes from the Far East[/p][/quote]If Southampton Uni is attracting "high-end" students, like older and more prestigious Uni's - Durham Leeds and Birmingham, why be so negative about your home? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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