£8,000 worth of gold jewellery stolen from Eastbourne home

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A BURGLAR has raided an Eastbourne home stealing around £8,000 of gold jewellery during an audacious daytime theft.

The residents had only left their home in St Philips Avenue for a couple of houre when the house was broken into.

Gold jewellery, including chains, rings, earrings, bracelets and bangles were stolen, along with cash.

Police say the burglary took place between 11am and 1.20pm last Saturday, December 8 which they are linking to a series of thefts in Eastbourne in recent months.

DC Gary Baker said: “The jewellery, which is quite distinctive.

“Neighbours saw a man knocking on the door and described him as Asian, in his mid 20s, about 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in” tall, slim with short dark hair, facial stubble and wearing brown trousers and dark jumper.

“We are keen to trace this man who may have vital information. Anyone who recognises the caller or has been offered the jewellery is urged to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The burglary has been linked to a series in the town in recent months, where jewellery in particular has been stolen.

Dedicated officers are working on Operation Vixen to try and identify the offenders and bring them to justice.

DC Baker said: ”We also need the help of the public. If they know anything about these crimes, or have notice any suspicious activity - for example cold calling in the area - then please contact police.

“We are talking to those who have concerns and giving advice about how they can try and protect their property and keep it safe. In particular people should keep their valuables out of sight and secure their homes.”