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Police investigate series of linked distraction burglaries

News   •   Jun 26, 2019 12:20 BST

Sussex Police are investigating a series of seven distraction burglaries across West Sussex.

Officers received a report regarding a break-in of a caravan in Havenwood caravan park, Arundel on May 29. Two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area before they left in a black vehicle.

A further four reports of burglaries were received by police on the same day. The first was at a property in Brookview South in Coldwaltham near Pulborough where a safe with identification documents inside was stolen.

The second and third in Meadsway, Slindon and St James Road, Chichester, both reported men entering their properties pretending to be from a water board company. Nothing was reported as stolen from either property.

The fourth was a break-in at a property in Ferring Lane, Worthing between 11.45am and 1pm. Items of jewellery and personal documents were reported as stolen.

On May 30, police received a call from a woman in Manor Way, Henfield to report three men entering her house while she was in the garden. Costume jewellery was reported as stolen.

Soon after this report another call was received regarding four men acting suspiciously in the Fairfield Court area in Cowfold and a safe being stolen from a property.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Jon Berisford said: “We believe all seven of these incidents are linked due to the similarities in circumstances.

“Each of the victims have been left shaken by this experience and support and advice is being provided.

“We are interesting in searching for the owners of a black vehicle with registration X504 UFC which we believe to be linked to each of the incidents.

“If you have information on any of these burglaries or the car in question then we would like to speak with you.

"For our advice on burglary prevention please click here.”

Please report information online or call 101 quoting Operation Tranquil.