Police have released an efit of a man they would like to speak to after a large amount of jewellery was stolen from a house in Alfriston.
At about 12.25pm on Saturday July 5 an intruder entered the home in River Lane and took a large amount of silver and gold jewellery as well as some fitted with precious stones, police said.
Other items stolen included a wallet, two wooden jewellery boxes, an oval silver and blue velvet trinket box and costume jewellery, police said.
Police said a man was seen running over Plonk Bridge, or White Bridge as it is also known, away from the home and towards Lullington Road after the burglary.
He was in his early 20s, 5’ 10” and muscular with short light mousey hair. He was clean shaven and wearing a close fitting dark jacket with blue jeans.
Police said it is believed he was hiding the stolen items under his jacket which would have made it look bulky.
An efit has been prepared of the suspect.
Detective Constable Richie Davidson said: “We need to speak to this man urgently and I am hoping someone will recognise him from the efit and description.
“The victim was targeted by an opportunist burglar who took advantage of the good weather to go in through an open back door and steal a large amount of jewellery.
“If you recognise the man in the efit or saw someone running between River Lane and Lullington Road please contact us. Also, if you have seen people acting suspiciously in Alfriston before or since the burglary, please get in touch.”
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 728 of 05/07, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.