Police are investigating three burglaries in Pevensey which may be linked.
The first occurred on Saturday April 4, in Val Prinseps Road, the second on Friday April 10, and the third on Thursday April 16.
In each case rear patio doors were smashed to get into the properties before untidy searches were made and jewellery stolen.
On the last occasion an elderly couple disturbed an intruder, who ran off. He was described as a white man, tanned, skinny and with a short beard. He was wearing a white, short-sleeved shirt and a black waistcoat or gilet.
Police Community Support Officer Simon French said, “I would ask local people to keep a look out for strangers using paths or alleyways running along the back of gardens, or in gardens where they shouldn’t be.
“Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has other information relating to the recent burglaries, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101. If they believe a crime is in progress or about to be committed, they should immediately ring 999.
“Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave a name on 0800 555 111.”
Crime prevention advice can be found on the Sussex Police website, www.sussex.police.uk
People are being encouraged to register valuables 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.
This can be done in minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com.