Police are appealing for witnesses after two homes in the Horsham district were broken into in two days and a large amount of jewellery was stolen.
The first burglary happened between 11.30am and 12.55pm on Tuesday, September 16, at a home in Dutchells Copse, Horsham, when a quantity of gold jewellery was stolen.
Between 9.45am and 1.20pm on Wednesday, September 17, a home in College Road, Southwater, was burgled and more gold jewellery and cash was taken.
In total more than £40,000 worth of jewellery was stolen at the two properties.
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.
Detective Constable Jodie Palmer said: “In each case the intruders have smashed their way into the homes and have escaped with gold jewellery so we believe both could be linked.
“In each case the owners had left their home for a relatively brief period so it is possible the addresses were being watched by the people responsible.
“We need to speak to anyone who was in the area near any of the properties in the last few days who may have seen people acting suspiciously or the vehicles of strangers parked nearby.
“If you know anything at all, please contact us.”
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 725 of 16/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.