POLICE have launched a major investigation following a spate of burglaries which have taken place in Seaford – including one frightening incident when a homeowner disturbed an intruder in the act.
The first incident happened during the weekend of November 26 and 27 when the offenders broke into a building under development in Firle Road.
The burglars stole a large quantity of copper tubing worth more than £1,000.
The building site targeted was adjacent to Bowden House School where the intruders dismantled the fence to get into the site.
In the second incident, a burglar made off from a property in Walmer Road with cash and credit cards after being disturbed by the homeowner.
The male victim, who was not harmed, got up at 5.55am on Saturday December 3 and found the intruder downstairs who ran off once he realised he had been seen.
He was dressed in black, possibly with a hooded top and gloves, was about six feet tall and medium build.
Detective Constable Dave Styles said, “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are appealing for witnesses.”
In another burglary in the town three valuable watches were stolen.
These were taken some time between 2.30pm on Friday December 2 and 3pm on Sunday December 4 from the property in Buckingham Close. The offender got into the home by smashing a conservatory window.
One of the watches is gold and engraved on the back of the watch face.
Police are appealing for information about anyone trying to sell the watches in the area.
Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0898 of 04/12.
Regarding the burglary in Firle Road any witnesses can call the same number quoting serial 0356 of 28/11 and for the Walmer Road incident anyone with information should call Sussex Police quoting serial 0271 of 3/12.