Distraction burglars target 84-year-old Eastbourne woman

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Police are investigating a distraction burglary after an 84-year-old woman had £80 cash and a gold watch stolen from her house.

The victim, who is deaf, answered the door to a man who told her he had come about a broken fence in the back garden of her home in Green Street, Eastbourne on Friday.

The woman led him through her house to the garden, where he spent about 10 minutes examining the fence and taking notes.

During that time, it is believed a second man entered the house after the front door had been left ajar and stole the cash from a purse and a woman’s gold watch.

Both men left the property independently and it was only after the visit that the woman became suspicious, checked and found both the cash and watch missing.

The caller at the door was described as white with a noticeably pale complexion, 5’ 7”, with short black hair and wearing dark clothing. He spoke heavily accented English.

His accomplice is also thought to be white and was possibly wearing a “beanie” hat.

Anyone who saw any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in the area is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Inroad, or email: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. They can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.