MORE THAN 500 letters have been sent to burglary victims across Sussex after police discovered a massive haul of stolen jewellery at a premises in Eastbourne.
Nearly 4,000 rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches were found by detectives from East Sussex Divisional Intelligence Unit after a warrant was executed.
The force have now uploaded photos of the stolen possessions to an ‘online goldrush’ in a bid to see them returned to their rightful owners.
The hundreds of images can be found at http://goldrush.sussex-police.co.uk
Detective Sergeant Anita Turner, who has been leading the painstaking operation of itemising and photographing every single piece of jewellery, said: “This has been the biggest haul of seized jewellery I have certainly come across in my time as a detective.
“Not all of the jewellery is of a very high monetary value but I’m sure most of it will have significant value for the owners - we owe it to them to at least try and return their jewellery to them.
“There are too many items for us to check individually, so we’re asking people who reported items missing or stolen since January 2011 to have a look at the jewellery online and see if they recognise anything and if so, then fill in the very basic form and we’ll can take it from there.
“If you don’t have internet access or need any assistance please call us by dialling 101 and quoting serial 0534 of 20/2.”