A £10,500 reward has been offered for information on a gang of thieves believed to be responsible for 18 burglaries in Mid Sussex.
The group is also believed to have broken into more than 200 properties across the South East.
Burglars have raided a total of 18 homes in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Cuckfield and Hassocks, and last week alone (December 8-14) they raided 18 homes across Sussex.
The offenders drive to their victims’ homes using cars fitted with numberplates cloned from other vehicles before entering and stealing cash, jewellery and electrical items.
Detectives are also urging residents to help them catch those involved by dialling 999 immediately if they see people acting suspiciously near their homes - in particular if they notice potential offenders with silver Audis or BMWs.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Clay of Surrey Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “There are detectives from across the South East working to catch those involved but we need the public’s help.
“I would also urge people to continue to be vigilant in their areas and to tell us if they see anyone who is acting unusually near their homes. If something sticks out as suspicious to you, please tell us so we can investigate - it could be the break that we need to catch those involved.”
The reward has been offered for details that may lead to the capture of the burglars as part of Operation Magpie, which tackles burglaries. Anyone with information should call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.