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Police have made arrests following burglaries at two Chichester jewellers in East Street at around 2am today (Wednesday 7 March).
Police were alerted to a break-in at Gold Arts, after a member of the public reported seeing men hammering at the window with sledgehammers. Shortly after the alarm at Ernest Jones was activated.
PC Ali Hutchings said: "Police arrived on the scene within a minute of the report and an immediate search was launched. A car was seen to make off down Marsh Lane towards the A259, which stopped at Drayton. One man stayed in the car and was arrested and a second man was tracked through the field by a dog unit before being arrested in the grounds of White Whyke House.
"This is an ongoing investigation and officers are continuing to gather evidence. I would like to thank the quick thinking members of the public who called police immediately on seeing the break-in. Anyone with information who has yet to make contact is asked to call us or Crimestoppers as soon as possible."
A 31-year-old man from Havant, Hampshire, and a 25-year-old man from Chichester have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently in custody awaiting interview.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 59 of 7/3 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111