HAILSHAM: Police offer advice after burglars target elderly

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DISTRACTION burglars have targeted three elderly victims in Hailsham in just two days.

Around £400 was stolen from a couple in their 90s, who became the latest victims of two distraction burglaries on Friday (February 25).

A man claiming his dog had been injured knocked on the couple’s door at Mill Road, Hailsham at around 10pm.

When the woman returned with a towel, the suspect said he no longer needed it and left.

About half an hour later, the couple answered their door to a man claiming to be a police officer who continued to walk around their property on his own.

After around 15 minutes the man left and the couple alerted the police after realising items had been stolen.

This suspect is described as white, 6’ 3”, of large build and in his mid-40s. He had short dark hair, was clean shaven and well spoken. He was wearing a leather belted jacket.

The day before, a vulnerable woman in her 90s became the victim of a night-time distraction burglary after letting two men into her home.

The men woke up the elderly woman at about 12.30am on Thursday morning (February 24) by knocking on the door of her home in The Gages, Hailsham and claimed that they had been sent by her daughter to check for an intruder.

In her confusion, the woman who has poor eyesight, let them in and went back to bed.

After scouring her home, the burglars escaped with a handbag and a small amount of costume jewellery. Her daughter discovered the burglary when she called at about 8.15am that morning.

The victim recalls that they asked for money, but she had none to give them. She was unable to provide any descriptions of the two men.

Detective Constable Mark Davis from Wealden CID said the two incidents could be linked.

“Targeting the elderly and vulnerable like this is awful,” he said.

“I would urge family and friends to please check on their elderly relatives or neighbours and remind them to not open their door to strangers but always ask for identification,” he added.

Anyone who help police in their investigations is asked to call 0845 6070999.