Sussex

Crawley burglary linked to Asian gold thefts

  • 29 June 2013
  • From the section Sussex
Jewellery being marked with DNA kit
Image caption Forensic marking kits have been handed out to concerned residents in Crawley

A large quantity of jewellery and cash has been stolen in a burglary in West Sussex which is being linked to a series of thefts of Asian gold.

The house in Colonsay Road, Crawley was broken into between 07:45 BST and 14:30 BST on Wednesday, and the bedrooms and a downstairs cupboard ransacked.

Sussex Police said it was being linked to burglaries between July and November 2012 and January and February 2013.

Police were criticised by community leaders after 65 homes were hit.

The force came under fire for failing to combat the thieves.

In March officers at Crawley police station began handing out SelectaDNA kits for residents to mark their valuables.

A gel in the kits marks items with a forensic code and visible stickers alert potential thieves that property is marked and more easily identifiable if stolen.

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