Overnight the saxophone store on Farningham Road has once again suffered a major burglary. A gang stole 29 saxophones, worth tens of thousands of pounds.
After breaking security fencing the thieves tried gaining access through an upstairs window. When this failed, the six culprits used an angle grinder to cut a hole and peel open the wall of the building.
The thieves can be seen on CCTV footage grabbing the musical instruments and putting them in black sacks.
The owners Phill and Christine Straker are appealing for help from residents and other businesses to catch the culprits. They want to know if anyone saw anything suspicious on Farningham Road or Crowborough Hill overnight, or if you have CCTV footage that might be useful.
Christine Straker told CrowboroughLife thieves must have had a van of some description to remove the merchandise and given there was six people involved they may have used additional vehicles. The raid took place during between 11.30pm on Saturday night and 3.40am on Sunday morning (14th July).
This is the fourth occasion in the last couple of years that Sax.co.uk has been targeted. Since the previous break-ins the company has taken extra measures to secure their premises.
Officers investigating the burglary have not ruled out the possibility that it may be linked to earlier thefts and attempted break-ins at the premises, when again thousands of pounds worth of instruments were taken.
The company are alerting others in the industry to be on their guard. They have said the stolen saxophones are mainly Selmers, Yanagisawa and Yamaha’s along with a Cannonball Tenor (click for a list of models and serial numbers).
Sergeant Amy Mason, of Wealden Police, said:
We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard suspicious activity on the night of the crime, or who recalls seeing anything usual in the area in the days leading up to it.