BURGLARS escaped with jewellery totalling almost £5000 in a daylight raid on an Aldershot house last Friday.

They broke into the property in Rock Gardens sometime between 7.45am and just after mid-day after using a garden tool to force a rear patio door.

The villains ransacked drawers and cupboards before making their getaway by climbing over a rear fence into an adjacent garden.

Among the distinctive items stolen was a sapphire and diamond engagement ring with "Love, My Love, Love" inscribed on it.

Also taken was a diamond ring which is of sentimental value because it belonged to the loser's mother.

The twisted design gold ring, which is thin through wear, has three large diamonds with many smaller diamonds and is valued at £2000.

Another unusual item is a cocktail watch with diamonds around the face. It is worth £500.

The rest of the jewellery comprised gold rings, earrings, a bracelet, a pearl necklace and a gold chain.

A JVC camcorder, a Nintendo games console and 10 games, worth a total of £750, were also taken in the raid.

In another daylight break-in property and cash totalling just over £600 was stolen from a house in Haig Road, Aldershot, on Sunday afternoon.

The thief, who sneaked in via an insecure back door, took a gold bracelet, a games console, a pair of Adidas football boots and shinpads, and £50 in cash.