Sussex Police and Hailsham Town Council are calling for the public’s help to identify those responsible for breaking in to the Dragon Studios Photography premises in Market Square this week.
It is confirmed that thieves gained entry to the property at around 3.40am on Monday morning by smashing the front window, resulting in the theft of a 42-inch television from the main reception area.
Extensive damage was caused to the new photographic studio which was opened to the public by the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, only last Friday.
She had spoken of her delight at new enterprises launching in the town.
Officers are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time of the break-in to contact them immediately with information.
Town Clerk John Harrison said, “This is really upsetting because Director Harvey Cooper and his team have worked around the clock for the last few weeks to get the photographic studio ready to open to the public and have only been open since last Friday.”
He added, “CCTV footage has been obtained which confirmed that the offenders were in the shop for approximately three minutes. The police are reviewing this CCTV footage.
“In the meantime, the town council and police are appealing for witnesses and urge anybody with information on the incident to call 101.”
Inspector Howard Nevill, of Sussex Police, said, “We have recently charged two males for two previously similar offences and we will do everything in our power to apprehend and bring to justice those responsible for this criminal act.
“A lot of time and investment has been made by all of the partner agencies into making Wealden a safe place, and we are proud of the fact that it is one of the safest places to live in the country.
“This is the type of crime that we must robustly and quickly tackle to ensure this remains the case and would encourage the community to provide what information they can to assist.”