Four men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the New Forest. Police in Southampton raided a number of properties in Paignton Road, Victory Road, Palm Road and Fraser Close this morning.
Officers from CID, the Force Support Unit, the Dog Unit, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Response and Patrol were involved in the warrants. They are part of Operation Guzzi which is an ongoing investigation into burglaries across the New Forest and neighbouring areas.
Four men aged 20, 24, 32 and 43, and one woman, aged 30, all from Southampton are currently in custody.
More than 40 burglaries across the Horsham, Wealden and Lewes districts are now being linked by detectives.
The offences began in August in Storrington but have spread to Coolham, Henfield, Steyning, Horsham, Pulborough, Bramber, Billingshurst, Kirdford, West Chiltington and Ashurst as well as Petworth in the Chichester district.
They have also spread to Durgates, Ringmer, Buxted, Lewes, Maresfield, Pell Green, Newick, Isfield, Cross in Hand and Uckfield in East Sussex.
CCTV footage of a man breaking into a home in Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, on 14 August, one of the 45 burglaries being linked to the offenders, has now been released in the hope that residents can identify the man involved.
The most recent offences linked to the offenders happened in Rapley Avenue, Palmer Close and Dean Way, Storrington, on 19 November.
In each case the thieves broke into the homes through a back door or window, searched the properties and escaped with selected items of jewellery and valuable items, such as the ornamental plate pictured.
Officers believe the offenders could be cold-calling at homes to try to work out who is in and whether they are likely to have valuables inside their properties before returning later when the addresses are empty.
Three burglars have been jailed for breaking into homes in Sussex. Paul Hayward, Paul Godfrey and Oliver Peterson entered houses in Brighton, Hove and Hastings. The picture on the right is Godfrey caught on CCTV outside a home he was about to burgle.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: "Each of the burglars was convicted because of good work by officers.
"In each case they did their initial inquiries so well that they were quickly able to identify who the offenders were, track them down and charge them."
Police are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to review their home security following a spate of burglaries in Aldershot. The incidents occurred on Friday, February 28 at homes on St Benedict’s Close and Reeves Road.
Between 11.55am and 8.15pm a large amount of gold jewellery was stolen after entry was forced into a house on St Benedict’s Close. Another house on the street was broken into between 5.30pm and 7pm.
It is not known if anything was stolen and an attempted burglary took place in the road between 8.30am and 7pm. Entry was forced into a house on Reeves Road between 5.15pm and 5.45pm. Jewellery and perfume were stolen from this address.
A 27 year old man from Aylesbury has been sentenced to 42 months imprisonment for committing two burglaries.
David Rowe, from Eeles Close, admitted a dwelling burglary and a non-dwelling burglary at Aylesbury Crown Court.
The dwelling burglary took place between Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September in St Catherine's Court and the non-dwelling burglary took place on Monday 26th June.
Sergeant Jim Forrest, from Aylesbury local CID, said:
"This sentence sends out a clear message that burglary will not be tolerated in the area. Burglary is an intrusive crime and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that it is both prevented and offenders who commit burglary in our area and brought to justice.”