A HARD working family was left heartbroken after burglars stole cash and goods to the value of £40,000 from the Costcutters in Seaford.
Thirunavukarasu Elvarathan, who runs the business with his wife Sugi, said the thieves took the Jubilee weekend takings and family heirloom jewellery during the break in on Wednesday June 6.
Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses who saw anything suspicious to come forward.
Mr Elvarathan said: “My family are very, very upset.
“We are slowly recovering a little bit. My son couldn’t sleep - he was just waking up. He is only 12. We were shocked.”
Sussex Police said the break in happened at around 1.30am on Wednesday June 6 at the Costcutters in Princess Road.
Two safes were stolen along with a large amount of cigarettes.
The safes contained the Jubilee weekend’s takings along with a large quantity of family heirloom jewellery belonging to the owners.
First and second class postage stamps, to the value of £4,500 were also inside the safes, which was taken in the burglary.
Mr Elvarathan said the burglars took £8,550 in cash and between £8,000 and £10,000 worth of cigarettes.
He also said the burglar alarm, which should have alerted the police when it was triggered, had been disabled by the burglars, as had the CCTV.
Mr Elvarathan added: “Local people came to help us during the last few days.
“So many people have come with flowers for my wife. We are really, really greateful to them.
“They know hard we work. I work mostly seven days a week and we have three children.”
Detective constable John Steven from East Sussex CID said: “The jewellery is absolutely priceless to the family. It was passed down to them from generation to generation within the family and is irreplaceable.
“The jewellery is very distinctive and ornate and is of Sri Lankan and Indian origin.”
Officers would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered cigarettes, stamps or jewellery for sale or from anyone who knows someone who has come into some unexplained money recently.
Anyone with information is asked contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 155 of 6/6 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.