INTRUDERS claimed to be police officers when they were disturbed during a burglary at a house in Hooe.
The burglars broke into the property in Top Road just before midnight last Friday (April 12).
The woman who lived in the property was upstairs in bed when she heard some loud bangs.
A voice shouted to the woman that it was police and they had a dog.
They told the woman to stay where she was.
When she went to investigate, the intruders threw gravel up the stairs and barred her way by placing a chair across the stairs.
The victim phoned police.
When officers arrived on the scene, it was discovered that a roll top writing desk and a grandfather clock had been stolen from the house.
The victim did not see the burglars.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the burglary to come forward.
Detective Constable Nicola Westgate, of Sussex Police, said: “This was a nasty burglary while the victim was in the house.
“It is likely due to the size of the items stolen that they were taken away in a large vehicle, possibly a van which travelled east away from the scene.
“We are appealing for witnesses to come forward.”
Anyone with information about the burglary, or has been offered the stolen items for sale, should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1688 of 12/4.