Three men carrying duffel bags were seen running from Horsham’s John Lewis store after a break-in overnight where cameras, laptops and computer tablets were stolen.
Police were called to the store in Albion Way at around 11pm.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said the thieves smashed a large glass pane at the front of the store to gain access.
Once inside, the raiders broke into a glass cabinet to remove the electronic equipment and also raided a number of tills, making off with a small amount of cash.
Items taken included cameras, laptops and computer tablets, the spokesman added.
Officers said less than five minutes after breaking in, three men were seen running from the building carrying what appeared to be duffel bags.
A police helicopter was called to help officers but the men were not located.
The store was open as normal this morning but parts of the building remain cordoned off whilst police investigate the incident.
John Lewis store manager Nigel Davis said he was thankful no-one was hurt in the incident.
He said: “I am just grateful that no partners (staff) were hurt and we were able to trade as normal this morning.”
John Lewis said it was unable to comment further due to the ongoing investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the raid or who may have seen a small group behaving suspiciously in the area before or afterwards is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 1504 of 11/04.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
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