Family dismay as thieves take precious jewellery

Costcutter store Princess Road Seaford. June 9th 2012 E24023N
Costcutter store Princess Road Seaford. June 9th 2012 E24023N

POLICE are continuing to investigate after a family in Seaford had precious jewellery worth around £30,000 stolen.

Costcutters in Princess Drive was targeted in the early hours of Wednesday June 6 and the raid has left businessman Thirunavukarasa Elavarathan and his family devastated.

During the break-in two safes were taken along with £8,000 cash, at least 60 pieces of unique and sentimental jewellery, around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and stamps to the value of £4,000.

The offenders also removed the CCTV system from the location as well as disarming the alarm.

Mr Elavarathan, known as Vara, who runs the shop with wife Suganya, known as Sugi, said he found out about the incident when one of the workers went in to open up and found the back door open and broken.

He said, “Me and my wife came to the shop and we found the safe was not there as well.

“It’s frustrating, some jewellery came from our late father.

“It is so much value and irreplaceable because of the memory.”

The family has been running the store for eight years and the burglary is the first of its kind the store has had in that time.

Mr Elavarathan added, “We are still devastated and hoping we will get the jewellery back one day.

“Our customers have been very, very supportive and they come and ask us if anything has been found.

“We are grateful to our customers.”

Officers are keen to hear anyone who has been offered cigarettes, stamps or jewellery for sale or from anyone who knows someone who has come into some unexplained money recently.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 155 of 6/6 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Below: The Costcutter store in Princess Drive, Seaford