Police are appealing for help to catch a group of criminals they believe are responsible for 40 burglaries across Sussex, including 7 in Crowborough.
Over the weekend and on Monday there were eleven burglaries in Copthorne, East Grinstead and Crawley that officers believe were committed by the same people. Police believe the same criminal gang are also responsible for the following burglaries in Crowborough last month:
- West Beeches Rd
- Langridge Close
On 9th October:
- Millbrook Road
- Warren Ridge
- Eridge Gardens
- Swift Close
Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said:
A common theme through the burglaries has been the fact that they have used a silver Audi on false numberplates as a getaway car.
We believe one group of burglars are involved but at this stage we do not know if it is exactly the same group of people each time. A number of people are involved but the make-up of the group may change depending on who is available.
The burglars are targeting homes in some of the more expensive areas of Sussex, smashing doors or windows to get in and stealing gold jewellery in particular, after a quick search of the properties.
We urgently need the public’s help to identify these people so we can trace and arrest them.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the burglaries on the days they were committed or the days before and who may have seen people acting suspiciously.
Of particular interest is anyone seen with a silver Audi that is fitted with numberplates that have been cloned from another, unrelated car of the same type and colour.
The numberplates could be switched after the burglaries, so police would also like information from anyone who may have seen cars having their numberplates changed or who has found abandoned numberplates.
Anyone with information should email email@example.com or call 101 (quoting Operation Smart).
The public alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.