Thieves con woman, 69, out of £180

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HEARTLESS thieves have conned a woman out of £180 in Eastbourne in what detectives say was a ‘disgusting crime’.

Police officers are searching for the two men who called at the 69-year-old woman’s home in Tollgate Gardens at 2pm on Thursday, November 17.

Detective Constable Annie Nash said the two asked the woman if she wanted her gutters cleaned.

One was very persistent and eventually she agreed.

The man was joined by a second man who looked in the loft. They then quoted £80 for the work to be done and she paid this in cash.

“They went outside apparently to do the work, but were seen to drive off hastily in a white panel van.

“The woman was not convinced the work had been completed as she was unable to see any ladders and local workmen saw the two picking up mud and throwing it along the ground directly beneath the guttering.

“The woman later found a further £100 cash had disappeared from a bedroom in the house.”

Both men are described as white. The first one was between 18-22, slim build, 5’ 8 to 5’ 10”, with short dark hair and was wearing a black jacket and dark coloured jogging bottoms.

The second man had a round-shaped face, was in his late 20s to early 30s. and of medium build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a dark trench coat and blue jeans. A third man who may been involved was seen nearby but no description is available.

The white panel van, possibly a Peugeot model, had pale blue writing on one of the side panels

DC Nash said, “This was a disgusting crime committed against a woman in her own home by two heartless thieves. If you were in the Tollgate Gardens area on Thursday afternoon and saw these men, their van or you have any other information please contact us on 101 quoting serial 1056 of 18/11.

“Although this type of crime is infrequent, it serves as reminder to residents, especially the elderly, of the importance of keeping unannnounced callers out of your property or parting with your money unless you are absolutely satisfied that they are who they say they are and that they are there for a lawful purpose.”