A HAMPSHIRE man has been jailed after he stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

Andrew Evan Smith, of Goldsmith Avenue in Southsea, was jailed yesterday for 56 months after he committed four burglaries in Locks Heath.

The 34-year-old had admitted the offences when he appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on May 26.

On the afternoon of April 10, Smith burgled a house in St Johns Road, and stole cash and a bank card from a wallet inside. He then burgled a house in Warsash Road later that day and stole watches and jewellery.

The next day he burgled a house in Alum Way and stole jewellery from inside before going on to steal more jewellery from a house in Brook Lane.

A further five offences were taken into consideration at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

PC Charlotte Pocock, from the Operation Hawk team, said: “Smith caused misery to his victims, invading their homes and taking their belongings.

“No-one should have to experience that, and I am pleased that we have been able to bring this to a swift conclusion for those who have suffered because of him.

“I want to thank the many witnesses who came forward and helped the police bring this man to justice.”