Thieves strike while Polegate residents sleep

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Police are appealing for witnesses to two burglaries at properties in Buttercup Drive, Polegate.

Between 12.30am and 6.20am on Monday (November 24) thieves entered the homes while the victims were sleeping and stole hundreds of pounds worth of electrical items including a PS3 and games, a Kindle, a Nexus 7 tablet, a Blackberry and a small amount of cash.

A number of cars in the road were also broken into that night.

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

Detective Constable Richie Davidson said: “There were two burglaries and a number of cars were entered the same night but in each case the properties were left insecure.

“I am appealing for anyone in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious in Buttercup Drive later on Sunday or early on Monday to contact us.

“I would also like to remind residents to ensure they keep their doors and windows locked at night along with their cars parked outside.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 119 of 24/11, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners - and so the offenders can be prosecuted.

You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com. To watch a video about Immobilise and how it works, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XZ66WEER_c.