Money Stolen In Portsmouth Hotel Burglary

Police are appealing for information after a large amount of money was stolen during a burglary in Portsmouth.

At around 1.45pm on Monday, February 22 a burglary occurred at Keppels Head Hotel, The Hard, Portsmouth.

Whilst a staff member was away from the front counter, the offender entered the hotel and walked into the staff area behind the counter. The man then gained access to the safe and stole £5000 in cash. When the staff member walked back he saw the offender leaving the hotel with £5000 in cash, which consisted of £1000 in fifty pound notes and £4000 in twenty pound notes.

There are two people officers would like to speak to. One who entered the hotel and the other who waited outside.

The man who entered the hotel is described as:

Aged in his late 20s
Wearing a dark green coat, a grey scarf, blue jeans and brown shoes
He had short brown hair that covered his ears

The man who waited outside is described as:

Aged in his early 20s
Wearing a jacket which was dark blue at the bottom and cream coloured in the middle and bottom, blue jeans and white trainers.
He had short dark hair which was brushed forward

PC Tom Wrenn, said: “These offenders have targetted a respectable hotel in a busy area of Portsmouth. One of the males has entered the hotel, walked into the staff area and taken a substancial amount of money from the safe.

“This incident happened in the middle of the day and there would have been lots of people walking by the hotel. I am confident that someone would have witnessed the incident or seen the two offenders involved.

“These men have shown a total disregard for other people and their hard earned money and a total disregard for the law. I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact us at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with any information relevant to this incident should contact PC Wrenn at Fratton police station by calling 101, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers from outside Hampshire and the Isle of White should call 0845 045 45 45.