Hedge End home burgled while householder was out for 15 minutes walking dog

BURGLARS targeted a house while its owner was out dog walking.

The suspects entered the occupied and unlocked property in Strawberry Fields, Hedge End and fled with an iPad and a push bike.

The owner was out walking her dog for 15 minutes and left her son in an upstairs rear bedroom.

The incident happened at 7.30pm on December 15.

Police believe the burglary was opportunist and think the thieves climbed over a 6ft brick wall to access the rear garden.

The iPad is a silver Apple 3 in a black faux leather case.

The bike is a grey Merida Hybrid cycle with a rear mud guard, a hand pump and a water bottle holder, worth £500.

Police staff investigator Elaine Waller said: “This incident took place in a very short time frame. Did you notice anyone hanging about in the area prior to the incident? Have you been offered a bicycle or an iPad for sale since Sunday?

“We believe this to be a crime of opportunity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSI Waller at Eastleigh CID on 101.

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