Three people have been arrested after a break-in at the Argos store in Horsham town centre this morning (Tuesday March 17).
A member of the public alerted police to a possible break-in at the store at about 5am.
Officers conducted a search of the town centre, and arrested three males near Horsham Library.
It is unknown if anything has been stolen at this stage, but Sergeant Chris O’Leary of Horsham police said the store’s jewellery section was targeted.
He told the County Times: “We received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 5am, saying they had seen three males trying to break into the Argos store in Worthing Road, Horsham.
“They possibly used some force to try and do that and have been seen making off from the area.
“The door has been wrenched open. We then had confirmation that there had been people inside from an alarm.”
Police have cordoned off the store, which is closed, this morning.
An officer at the scene said it is not yet known when it will reopen.
Forensic units are currently investigating.
Sgt O’Leary said: “Officers then searched the area and as a result of that located three males who they suspected were involved in the offence.
“They were located near the library. They have been arrested and are in custody.
“It looks as if they have tried to gain access to the jewellery part of the store, causing some damage. Whether anything has been stolen is not confirmed.”
A number of boxes and packaging were found dumped near a tree in the Forum area of the town centre this morning.
An officer was present in the area, but it is unknown whether it is linked to the break-in.
A spokesperson for Argos said: “We can confirm that our store in Worthing Road, Horsham was broken into in the early hours of this morning.
“We are currently assisting police with their enquiries, and the store is expected to open later this afternoon.”