CLEVER thieves broke in to a house by shoving an implement through the letter box and unhooking the latch.

Once inside the house in Cavell Road, Billericay they searched drawers in the hallway before removing a set of car keys and stealing a 2006 plate Range Rover worth £18,000 off the driveway.

The burglary happened between 10.30pm on February 25 and 6am on February 26.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact detectives at Basildon Police Station on 101.