Detectives investigating a country house burglary near East Grinstead are appealing to a mystery woman to come forward.
The woman answered the door to a delivery firm driver, and signed in the name of the owners for a parcel - but the owners were away and do not know who she is!
Sometime between Wednesday 18 December and the late evening of Friday 20 December, the four-bedroom detached period house, near Wych Cross, was entered and silverware and many other items were stolen from the kitchen and a bedroom, with a total estimated value of some £10,000.
Items included silver cutlery, special silver such as a cake stand, ladle, teapot, earrings and rings, chocolates and wine.
At about 12.30pm on the Wednesday, the woman, described as white, in her 40s, about 5ft 2in, of slim build, with dark swept back hair, answered the door and signed for the parcel from the delivery driver. She spoke with what is described as an English accent.
Detective Constable Gary Baker of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team said; “We want to trace this woman, also anyone who has been offered items of this type recently, and anyone who saw anything suspicious around Wych Cross, east of the A22 in the Colemans Hatch Road area, between 18 and 20 December.
“If you can help, please contact us via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Serial 0806 of 21/12. You can also the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”