UPDATE: 9am Friday. Chief Inspector Dick Coates, Wealden district commander for Sussex Police, has said: “Three in custody overnight from the Buxted area on suspicion of dwelling burglary. Ongoing investigation today.”
Police investigating a series of burglaries in the Buxted and Hadlow Down areas are warning residents to be aware of suspicious activity.
Since Friday, February 10, six burglaries and attempted burglaries have taken place. These mainly occur during the evening and overnight and the suspects have either forced doors or windows open or enter through unlocked doors.
Detective Constable Alex Campbell of East Sussex Priority Crime Team said: “We would ask everyone to ensure that all doors and windows are locked, especially overnight or while you are out, and to report anything suspicious to police on 999 if it is taking place, otherwise via 101 quoting Operation Discover.
“On three occasions the offenders have been disturbed by intruder alarms at the properties. We would ask local residents to listen out for any alarms and contact police if these are believed to have been activated in suspicious circumstances.
“It is also recommended that photographs of expensive items you may have in your home are kept and you have full details, including serial numbers, of your personal belongings.”
Between Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February a house in Framfield Road, Buxted, was broken into and cash and electrical items were stolen.
Between Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February a house in Hurstwood Road, Buxted, was broken into, however the burglars were disturbed by an alarm and nothing was stolen.
On 18 February a house in Hasingford Lane, Hadlow Down, was broken into, however the burglars were disturbed by an alarm and nothing was stolen.
On Monday 20 February a house in Nan Tucks Lane, Buxted, was broken into and electrical items were stolen.
Between Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February a house in Etchingwood, Buxted, was broken into and electrical items and money was stolen.
Between Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February a house in Wilderness Lane, Hadlow Down, was broken into , however the burglars were disturbed by an alarm and nothing was stolen.
Anyone with information regarding any of these burglaries is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Discover or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.