Pair arrested following burglary in Crawley

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A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries at rural homes across Sussex, including one in Crawley.

The 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, both from Worthing, were questioned after a house in Balcombe Road, Crawley, was broken into as well as homes in Henfield, Storrington and Billingshurst.

The break-ins happened in May, June and July.

Among the items stolen were electrical equipment, jewellery and cash.

The pair were also interviewed over a break-in at Bignor Roman Villa on June 10 when a charity box was stolen and hundreds of pounds of damage was done.

They were questioned before being released on bail until September 5.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Magpie, Sussex Police’s crackdown on burglary across the county.

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “The arrests are a positive step as we try to prove who was responsible for the series of burglaries.

“In each case rural properties were targeted and the victims have been left very upset by what has happened to them.

“I would urge anyone living in an isolated area who sees people acting suspiciously in the community to contact us immediately so we can investigate.”

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