A 102-year-old man has become the latest victim of a distraction burglary in Eastbourne.
A heartless thief knocked on the door of the man’s home in Selmeston Road on Tuesday afternoon at 4pm and said he had come in for a chat.
The elderly man let him in and when he went off to get some cash to change a £10 note, the intruder followed him into his bedroom where he kept his money. The intruder then asked to use the toilet and shortly afterwards made his excuses and left.
On checking, the householder found at least £100 had been stolen from his bedroom.
Police were alerted and officers searched the area and made house-to-house enquiries in an effort to trace the offender.
He is described as a white man, of athletic build, with short dark hair and a hooked nose. He was wearing a waist-length zipped-up jacket and what may have been tracksuit bottoms. He was also wearing white sports shoes.
Police have not ruled out the possibility of the incident being linked with another distraction burglary on Saturday morning
(December 7) when a man called at Chester Court in Chesterfield Road and gained entry to an elderly woman’s flat by saying he was from the doctor’s. It is not known if anything was stolen.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information about either incident is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.