Jewellery worth tens of thousands of pounds and a substantial amount of cash were stolen in the burglary of a house in Wadhurst.
Entry was gained to the cottage in Newbury Lane some time after the owners had departed on holiday on July 5.
A neighbour noticed the top half of a stable door into the house open on July 12 and then found damage to a rear window and saw that the premises had been broken into.
Inside, a safe had been ripped from its mountings and an untidy search had been made of all rooms inside. The safe contained several thousand pounds in cash along with a bracelet, earrings, necklaces, rings and eight very valuable watches.
Also taken were the keys to two cars in an adjacent garage, but the vehicles themselves were not stolen.
Detective Constable Andy Lawrence said: “This appears to be a very organised burglary with the offender or offenders knowing what they were after.
“We think the burglary was probably carried out on July 11 or 12 and I would like to hear from anyone who say anything suspicious or any strangers in the area in the time, maybe days, beforehand.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who may recognise any of the pieces that were stolen. I wouldn’t anticipate that they would turn up on computer auction sites, but they will almost certainly change hands somewhere.
“Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 750 of 12/07. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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