£40k of gold jewellery stolen from Horsham and Southwater homes

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Gold jewellery worth more than £40,000 has been stolen from two Horsham district homes in separate burglaries this week.

A home in Dutchells Copse, Horsham, was broken into on Tuesday (September 16) between 11.30am and 12.55pm.

Between 9.45am and 1.20pm on Wednesday (September 17), a home in College Road, Southwater, was targeted.

In total, more than £40,000 of gold jewellery was taken, with cash also stolen from the home in Southwater.

Detective constable Jodie Palmer said: “In each case the intruders have smashed their way into the homes and have escaped with gold jewellery so we believe both could be linked.

“In each case the owners had left their home for a relatively brief period so it is possible the addresses were being watched by the people responsible.

“We need to speak to anyone who was in the area near any of the properties in the last few days who may have seen people acting suspiciously or the vehicles of strangers parked nearby.

“If you know anything at all, please contact us.”

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 725 of 16/09, or call 101.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.