A freelance photographer had more than £3,000 worth of specialist gear stolen from his girlfriend's house in Falmouth.

James Bannister was staying at the house in Portland Gardens last Tuesday (January 29) when it was burgled overnight.

He said: "I heard a noise at about five in the morning that could have been a door closing but I didn't make anything of it at the time."

Speaking about how the burglary has affected his livelihood, James said: "I use [the equipment] every day for work. I'm going to either have to hire gear or find means of getting that equipment back quickly.

"It's going to come at a big extra expense to me. If I don't work I don't make any money."

Some of the items were found in a bush in Penryn days after the burglary and returned through the police, who believed the person who found them had nothing to do with the theft.

But James is still hoping that the rest of the gear gets found.

He said: "If anyone knows the people or has the stuff, I want it back. I don't care about getting anyone punished.

"Any information about getting the stuff back in a decent condition, that's all I care about.

"Even if the people who did it want to give it back to me, I'm not going to try and take any action if they want to give it back."

The stolen items still missing: a 15 inch Macbook Pro 2015, a black Seaport I-Visor laptop case, a silver Abyone external battery, and an orange Tether tools cable.

A hard drive and graphic tablet along with James girlfriend's laptop were also stolen but were returned after being found in Penryn.

The burglary was the latest in a string of incidents over the last few weeks.

At least two houses and several shops in the town centre have been targeted.

Last Monday, a Falmouth police constable denied rumours that a visiting shoplifting gang was targeting the town.

The Packet contacted Devon and Cornwall Police on Friday for a comment on this latest burglary and have yet to receive a response.