Burglary at a home on Green Lane in Crowborough

Jewellery, including items of sentimental value, were stolen from a bungalow on Green Lane on Saturday afternoon, while the owners had just popped-out to walk their dog.

Peter and Jan Wright, who live near the turning to Pellings Farm Close, had been working in the garden on Saturday (18th February) when at about 2.30pm they decided to take their dog for a walk.  After locking the house up,  they left with the dog through the garage. Peter’s driving school car was in the open garage with Jan’s car on the drive.

When Mr and Mrs Wright returned home about 40 minutes later, Peter noticed a lot of glass on the patio to the rear of the property and they soon realised while they were gone burglars had smashed their bedroom window.  The couple panicked, concerned the culprits might still be inside their home and called the Police.  They could see through the window the bedroom had been ransacked; drawers emptied and Jan’s dressing table cleared of jewellery.

Thieves had stolen two jewellery boxes, and had also taken necklaces, rings and bangles.  As the couple had been working in the garden, Peter had left without his wedding ring, engagement ring,  watch and wallet.  These items had been taken from their office along with Jan’s handbag, mobile phone and wallet from the kitchen.  They had stolen a silver pocket watch belonging to Peter’s father and several others belonging to them both.  From the dining room they had taken their silver table napkin rings and an antique salt cellar.

Jan said:

One of the saddest things is one of the boxes on my dressing table was my late mother’s antique jewellery box containing a number of items, including a small white pearl angel which my daughter Heidi bought me to wear at the funeral of my son Alistair who died six years ago from cancerous brain tumours. He was only 34.  In the other box was his tiny coral necklace bought for him in the South of France when he was just 3. These things mean nothing to others but are irreplaceable to me.

The jewellery box was Chinese, very heavy about 12cm by10cm with a hinged lid.  It had little ornamental legs, and was covered with the stone turquoise, inlayed in gold gilt.

The couple believe the thieves must have been nearby watching the houses on Green Lane.  Although their immediate neighbours neither heard nor saw anything, she hopes other people using Green Lane on Saturday afternoon might have valuable information for the Police

We believe our movements were being watched otherwise how were they to know there wasn’t somebody else in the garden. They had to see us take the dog and know they only had a short time to get in, ransack and steal and clear off.

Witnesses are asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting reference 827 of 18/02.

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