Sussex

Car used in £180,000 pearls theft in Sussex found

A vehicle used by thieves who stole £180,000 worth of pearls from the boot of a travelling salesman's car in West Sussex has been located by police.

Four briefcases and a box containing long strings of pearls were stolen from the car in Storrington on 4 May.

The salesman had left the Audi A4 for five minutes when the theft happened.

Sussex Police said the Volkswagen Passat used by the two suspects to flee the scene had been found in the village and was now undergoing tests.

Pearl diver

They are thought to have made their getaway in the car, driving east toward the A24.

Det Con Andy Hobden said: "Media appeals led to the car being found parked in the village.

"It is currently being forensically examined in the hope that it will give us a lead to who committed the crime."

The Audi was parked in North Street when the thieves smashed the back windscreen to get to the pearls while the salesman visited a client.

Each string had a tag on it, showing a picture of a pearl diver and the company name of Di Perle.

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