Police appeal after antiques worth tens of thousands stolen during Sussex raidsTuesday 14th January 2014
By Anna Roberts, Crime reporter
The thieves have raided the homes in West Sussex while the occupants are asleep, always making off with valuable items – on one occasion stealing a seven-foot grandfather clock.
Among the items taken during the first burglary between 9pm on January 2 and 9am on January 3 were more than a dozen ivory figures, porcelain and jade perfume bottles and boxes from the Far East, a series of paintings and a dozen Royal Doulton figurines of ladies.
On this occasion the raider targeted the property in Amberley Drive, Worthing, while the elderly resident was asleep.
The second burglary took place in in Old Fort Road, Shoreham, between 3pm on January 2 and 5am on January 4 while the owner was away.
A large amount of valuable gold jewellery was taken along with oil paintings, bone handled cutlery, watches, Hornby 00 gauge railway items, 60 collectable American tobacco silks and a pair of foot high blue Chinese dragons from the Far East.
The third burglary was at a home in Washington, near Steyning, between 1.50am and 2.50am on January 7 while the residents were asleep.
Among the items taken were a number of brass clocks, silver candlesticks and cutlery, Chinese vases, a satinwood table and a walnut cupboard.
The fourth burglary was at a home in East Street, West Chiltington, near Horsham, between 11.45pm on Thursday and 9am on Friday.
The items taken include a seven-foot grandfather clock, a number of paintings, two TVs and a DVD player.
Detective Constable Jon Stadius said: "In each case the burglars appear to have selected carefully the items they think are of the most value and left other items behind.
"We would like to speak to anyone who has seen any people or vehicles in the areas of the burglaries recently who looked suspicious or out of place.
"We are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the items for sale or has been offered the chance to buy them.
"Please contact us if you know anything at all so we can catch those responsible."
Host of stolen items to be reunited with Brighton ownersStaff at Brighton Police station have amassed dozens of stolen items from burglaries across the area.
Paintings, signs, brass fittings, antiques, ornaments and similar items were stolen in 30 incidents around Brighton and Hove between March and October last year.
Police have worked to trace and reunite the items with their owners and are urging anyone who has lost possessions to get in touch.
Some items can be viewed online on the police website here.
A 37-year-old man has been convicted of three burglaries and sentenced to nine months in prison, and a 50-year-old Brighton man is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods
Most of the properties targeted were large, historic apartment blocks in Brighton and Hove. The items recovered are all unique and identifiable. Unfortunately some valuables known to have been stolen are still missing. They include a limited edition, bronze statue "Horse Saddled With Time" created by the prominent Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, worth an estimated £24,000."– Richard Valder-Davis,Detective Constable
Elderly woman's cash and jewellery taken in suspected distraction burglary in Bexhill
Police are investigating the incident in Jameson Road, Bexhill after the woman allowed a caller to enter her flat at about 11.30am yesterday.
The caller said he needed to leave a note for a flat upstairs and the woman, 81, stayed with him while he wrote it out.