Woman, 84, left shaken after burglar steals jewellery


An 84-year-old woman has been left shaken after a burglar broke into her Crawley home and stole jewellery.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the intruder smashed a window of the property in Dower Walk, Gossops Green, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm on March 19 while the woman was out.

Rings, chains, necklaces and bracelets – some of which is pictured – were stolen, including a gold bracelet, a gold ring set with diamonds and a sapphire, crystal chains, necklaces and ear-rings, gold chains, a pearl necklace and a gold ring set with a pearl.

Detective Constable Rebecca Wilde said: “The victim returned to find her home ransacked and has been left very shaken by what has happened.

“I’m keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around Dower Walk on the evening of 19 March and could have seen or heard something.

“If you saw or heard anything, please contact me.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1528 of 19/3, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.