Police are hunting for a gang of thieves after gold and jewellery was stolen in a series of Crawley burglaries.
Detectives believe 11 break-ins across town were carried out by the same people over the last eight weeks.
Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “We believe the thieves are specifically looking for gold jewellery that they know they can sell. In some cases they have sorted their way through drawers and discarded pieces they believed were less valuable while taking larger gold items.”
Sussex Police has appealed for information on people acting suspiciously in high performance cars parked in the roads the incidents happened.
A spokesman said a white Ford Focus St was seen close to the scene of some of the crimes.
Gold, jewellery, cash and electrical items were stolen from homes in Furnace Green, West Green, Pound Hill, Northgate and Three Bridges: Brantridge Road, Furnace Green on March 4; in Parkway, Pound Hill on March 6; Deerswood Road, West Green, on March 16; Spring Plat, Pound Hill, and Woodfield Road, Northgate, on March 24; London Road, Northgate on March 28; Ewhurst Close, West Green, on April 10; Early Commons, Three Bridges and Crabtree, West Green, on April 13; Tinsley Lane, Three Bridges, on April 17; Hermits Road, Three Bridges, on April 21.
DI Wardley-Wilkins added: “I would urge residents to make sure their homes are secure whenever they leave them, even if they only plan to be away briefly. A few minutes may be all the time the burglars need. I also need the public’s help to identify anyone who may have been acting suspiciously near the burgled homes in the minutes, hours or even days before the break-ins.” Call police on 101.