Series of Mid Sussex burglaries


Detectives have released an e-fit of a suspect wanted in connection with a series of burglaries committed across Mid Sussex during last Saturday (October 20).

Eight homes were broken into sometime between 6pm and 9pm in Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Turners Hill and Copthorne.

Entry was gained via windows and doors and jewellery and cash was stolen.

Detective Sergeant Sian Harding who is leading the investigation said: “We believe all eight burglaries are linked due to the modus operandi and would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or saw/heard any suspicious activity and has not yet come forward to please get in touch.

“At a property in Church Avenue, Haywards Heath, four people were spotted acting suspiciously one of whom was observed knocking on the door a short time before the house was then burgled. In other areas the suspects have been described as two white men seen driving a small white hatchback car. A large dark saloon type car has also been spotted near some of the targeted homes.

“This recent spate of break-ins is very distressing for local residents, who have witnessed a rise in daytime burglary. There will be increased patrols in the area and officers are continuing with house to house enquiries. Please dial 999 immediately if you see or hear any suspicious activity or you have had complete strangers knocking on your door but do not want anything in particular. I like to remind homeowners to please make sure that their properties are secure before leaving for work.”

If you have any information and have not yet spoken to police please call 101 quoting serial 1628 of 20/10 or leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Properties targeted included three homes in Haywards Heath - Greenways, Farlington Avenue, Church Avenue. One house in Blackthorns, Lindfield, one in Turners Hill, Medway and three in Copthorne (Lashmere, Knowle Drive, Brookhill Road).