Southwater and Horsham burglaries linked

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Detectives in West Sussex are searching for burglars believed to be responsible for six recent house burglaries in which jewellery has been taken.

The offences have all been carried out by forced entry during the daytime at addresses in Southwater, Horsham and Crawley.

Between 10am and 2.30pm on Friday 21 June entry was forced at the rear of a house in Cedar Drive, Southwater. £1000 cash and £3000 worth of jewellery were stolen;

Between 8am and 2.30pm on Thursday 4 July a house in Keats Close, Horsham was entered via a rear door. and jewellery valued at £100 was stolen;

Between 8.45am and 1pm on the same day a house in Heath Way, Horsham was entered by smashing glass in a rear door and several thousand pounds of jewellery were stolen;

Between 10am and 1.45pm on the same day the front door of a house in Downland Drive, Southgate, Crawley, was forced, and £1000 in cash and jewellery valued at approximately £2000 was taken;

Between 9.50am and 2.45pm on Monday 8 July entry was forced through a front window at a house in Mercury Close, Bewbush, Crawley, and bank documents, and jewellery valued at £1000, were stolen.

Between 7.20am and 5.20pm on the same day entry was forced through a front window at a house in St Francis Walk, Bewbush, and cash £150 and an as yet unknown amount of jewellery was stolen.

In this burglary, police enquiries have traced a witness who had seen two men, both described as of Asian appearance, both of thin build, aged 30-40, one with short dark hair and wearing a cream white suit, and the second wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, approaching the address. They were both wearing gloves.

Detective Sergeant Dave Grover of the West Sussex Priority Crime Team said; “We are linking these offences because of the similarities in method and forensic evidence.

“If you were in those areas on the days in question and saw anything suspicious please contact us via 101 quoting Operation Sherman. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“But most of all we would like people to contact us urgently via 999 as soon as they see anything suspicious around properties. We would rather get there quickly, if only to find that there was nothing to worry about, than wait to hear when it may be too late.”