Police are appealing for information after £50,000 worth of lead was stolen from a listed country home in Arundel Road, Worthing, some time between 6pm on Tuesday 10 January and the following morning.
DC Sarah Thurgood said: “Considerable damage has been caused to the roof after it was stripped of lead during the burglary. This has been incredibly upetting for the owners, who now have the inconvience and cost of having to replace it. Lead stolen from a roof such as this will leave the building vulnerable to water damage and will need to be waterproofed as soon as possible.
“The theft of lead and scrap metal has become a serious problem. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to help protect their lead roof from burglars. Make sure easy access to the roof is removed, such as ladders or wheely bins, and maximise visibility to the building so thieves cannot operate unobserved. Neighbourhood Watch can prove an affective way for residents to keep an eye on each others homes and other buildings in the community. Any suspicious behaviour should then be reported immediately to police.”
Two white transit-style vans were seen in the area at the time of the burglary.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 924 of 11/1 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.