BURLGARS are using a fishing method to get through front door letter boxes and reach house and car keys to take thousand of pounds worth of property.
Between 1am and 9am on 29 March, a home was broken into at Ashburnham Road, Hastings.
Money and a blue Vauxhall Agila car and a blue Toyota Yaris were stolen. Both have since been recovered.
A second burglary took place in Delaware Drive, St Leonards between 11pm on Saturday 30 March and 6am Sunday 31 March. A home was broken into, a laptop, a black Nissan Qashqai and a Vauxhall Astra van were all stolen. The van was found but the Qashqai is still missing. A third burglary happened in Belvedere Park, St Leonards between 10.20pm on Tuesday (April 9) and 7.40am on Wednesday(April 10).
Keys to a black Audi A3 and a dark blue VW Passat with a roof rack, three lap tops, keys, crash helmet and a mobile phone were all taken. The Audi has been found.
Chief inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander, said: “We believe that the burglars have used a rod of some description to fish out house keys that have been left near to letter boxes, cat flaps or even in the door lock itself.
“I urge people to keep their house and work keys well out of sight of prying eyes.
“Take them to bed with you so they are near you. I would recommend not labelling what your keys are for. This way a burglar has no idea what they are for.
“If you notice any vehicles matching the descriptions of those listed or have any information about the burglaries please phone Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Wasp.”