THREE people were arrested on suspicion of burglary after an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted a torch light in an empty barn.
Police were called to an address in Hastings Road in Battle at 10.15pm on Tuesday following reports of a break-in.
A number of police officers combed the area and three people, including a man from Battle, were arrested nearby at 10.50pm.
A child’s mini moto bike, believed to have been taken from the barn, was recovered close to the scene.
The trio were questioned about the incident and were said to be ‘helping police with their enquiries’ over a recent spate of break-ins to outbuildings across Battle and the rural Rother area.
Earlier this month eight break-ins were reported in the space of just nine days.
Items including chainsaws, bicycles, power tools, lawn mowers and quad bikes have been stolen in the series of raids.
A 22-year-old man from Battle and a 29-year-old woman from Orpington were both released on police bail until January 24.
A 16-year-old girl from Kent has been released and police say no further action will be taken against her.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1584 of 20/11.