Police are appealing for witnesses after burglars stole a valuable toy car collection in West Hoathly.
The victims went out for a walk but when they returned to their home in Selsfield Road less than an hour later thieves had broken in.
Amongst the items taken were a Benefinkt and Sons wooden bracket clock, a black Chinoiserie mantel clock by Asprey and a collection of 60 vintage toy cars, mostly red Ferraris, worth more than £5,000.
The burglary happened between 2.40pm and 3.20pm on 24 October.
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.
Detective Constable John Hord, from West Sussex CID, said: “The owners of the property were only out of the house for 40 minutes so I am keen to speak with anyone who may have been in the Sharpthorne area near the Chiddingly estate at or around 2.40pm.
“I am particularly interested in identifying the owners of a dark blue car, similar to a Seat Ibiza, that was seen parked outside the burgled house at the time of the burglary.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 978 of 24/10, email email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.