Brufords jewellers was targeted in an attempted burglary at the weekend.
The would-be burglars attempted to break into the top-end jewellers but activated an alarm and failed to get in or steal anything.
The bungled attempt was made between 12 midnight and 2.30am on Sunday (June 23).
A police spokesperosn said, “The offenders knocked a hole in a basement wall and then tried to drill through the basement ceiling into the shop. “
The alarm was activated and they fled from the scene without stealing anything.
However, the criminals caused extensive damage to the shop.
Despite this, the shop remained open this wek as usual.
Police were called to the shop following the attempted burglary and remained on the scene for several hours while they carried out their investigations .
The jewellers, which is known for it expensive watches, is no stranger to this type of crime.
Brufords was first targeted by thieves in January, 2008, when windows were smashed and thousands of pounds worth of watches taken. The following October, there was a second robbery.
Then in May 2009 the jewellers was targeted again.
On each occasion the incidents were refered to as ‘smash and grab’ robberies.
Back in June 2009 Bruford’s managing director Ashley Pugh spoke after the second incident and said, “Because of the economic climate, crimes are being committed but we are working with the police and trying to prevent them happening in Eastbourne.”
The Herald contacted Mr Pugh this week but he refused on comment on the latest attempt by criminals at the weekend.
Police are now appealing for information to help with their investigations.
Officers are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning to call police.
Any witnesses should
call 101, quoting serial 185 of June 23.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called free and annonoymously on 0800 555 111.