Police seek man after brazen raid on auction house

Suspect in Lewes auction house raid
Suspect in Lewes auction house raid

EAST Sussex detectives have released CCTV footage of a man they are keen to trace following a robbery at Gorringes Auctioneers, North Street, Lewes, on Friday.

Police were called to the auction house at around 10.50am following reports that a teenage boy had vaulted a counter inside the building, stolen a wooden antique cup and was being hotly pursued along with another boy by staff and customers, who then helped detain them both until police arrived.

Another suspect, who was previously seen in the premises shortly before the robbery, was arrested nearby.

Detective Inspector Rob Morland, from East Sussex CID, said: “This was a very brazen attempt to rob a premises in daylight that was full of people at the time.

“We are grateful for the courage and perseverance shown by staff and customers in assisting police in bringing the three offenders so swiftly to justice and are pleased that no one was seriously injured in doing so.

“We have now released CCTV footage of a fourth man who we believe was also involved in the incident.

“If you recognise him or know his whereabouts please call 101 quoting serial 474 of 16/3 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The man is described as white, with dark short hair and was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and black trainers.

The three men arrested at the scene and charged with robbery include two 17-year-olds from London and a 32-year-old man from Kent. They were all remanded and appeared before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, March 17.

The teenagers have been bailed and are due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on March 30 along with Rebwar Kadir, 32, of Fernhill Road, Maidstone, Kent, who was remanded back into custody.