Thieves steal door handles and art across Brighton and Hove
27 September 2013
Police are appealing for witnesses to a series of thefts of
artwork, ornaments, door knockers and handles.
Officers are investigating offences at eight addresses in
Brighton and Hove where thieves have stolen external door furniture
or got into communal blocks to steal paintings and other items of
The first offence happened at a communal block in Arundel
Terrace, Brighton, when a thief got into the communal hallway to
Brass door knobs and finger plates were taken as well as a
mirror and a red Brompton Road Bike between 11.30am on 14 August
and 8am on 15 August.
Brass door handles were stolen from a home in Hanover Crescent,
Brighton, on 11 September and a brass plaque was taken from the
front door of a home in Marine Parade, Brighton, where thieves also
tried unsuccessfully to take the metal railings.
A communal block in Eastern Terrace, Brighton, was targeted late
on 18 September or early on 19 September by a thief who took a
mirror and a painting. The property had been broken into in
previous months when antiques, paintings and brass doorknobs were
On the same day brass door handles were taken from a communal
block in Arundel Terrace and a brass plaque was taken from Royal
Crescent Mansions in Marine Parade, Brighton.
The next day an offender got into a communal block in Courtenay
Terrace in Brighton and stole brass carpet rods, two paintings and
a CCTV system.
The last offence being linked to the current series happened
between 6pm on Saturday 21 September and midday on Sunday 22
September at a block of flats in Grand Avenue, Hove, when a thief
took door handles and a mirror.
Crime prevention officer Chris Dimmer said: "Thieves appear to
be targeting door furniture and antiques because they know they can
find a buyer for them easily.
"If you have been offered items like this at a price that seems
very cheap they may well have been stolen. If we find them they
will be confiscated and you will not be reimbursed.
"I would urge those who have valuable art and antiques to take
photographs of it and make a note of its measurements so if items
are stolen we can more easily link them back to you if they are
"You can also make it harder for thieves to steal door handles
and plaques by fitting anti-tamper and one-way screws."
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts said: "We have detectives
currently working on this series of crimes and have also directed
patrols to targeted areas and other parts of the city where there
may be the opportunity for similar offences.
"I would urge anyone with information to contact us and for people
to be vigilant and ensure communal entrances are well secured at
Anyone with information about the thefts should call 101 quoting
serial 260 of August 15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111. If you see a theft taking place call
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