TWO ELDERLY holidaymakers fell victim to a ruthless opportunist thief while staying at a seafront hotel.
The women, aged 85 and 93, were left so distressed after their handbags were stolen that they returned home to Dorset.
The two victims were staying at the Claremont Hotel in Grand Parade when a man purporting to be a plumber knocked on the door of their hotel bedroom at 6.45pm on Thursday.
The thief said there was a leak from the room upstairs and persuaded them to go into the bathroom and turn the taps on.
When they came out of the bathroom, the man had gone and so had one of their handbags and purse.
PC Louis Morley from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Response Team said, “Both women are very distressed by this incident and, as you can imagine, it has put a real dampener on their holiday in Eastbourne.
“Unfortunately, the description of the offender was very vague. All we know is that he is white, around 30, 5’ 10” and may have been carrying a small step ladder.
“If you have any information that could help police with their enquiries please call 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1528 of 21/7 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”