Con men steal £2,000 from pensioner


Two men have stolen £2,000 from a pensioner after tricking their way into her home in Eastbourne.

At about 3pm on Wednesday (5 March) the men, who were both white and aged 35 to 45, called at the address in Latimer Road and asked if they could leave a message for one of her neighbours.

The 85-year-old let them in and one of the men distracted her while the second searched her home and stole cash.

The first thief was slim, 5’ 4” to 5’ 6” and clean shaven with short dark hair. He was wearing a navy jacket and trousers.

The second thief was of medium build and 5’ 6” to 5’ 8”. He was wearing dark jeans and a yellow or cream T-shirt.

Detective Constable Richard Davidson said, “The victim has been left very upset by what has happened.

“She is wrongly blaming herself for being tricked when it is clear she has been preyed on by these two men because of her friendliness.

“We need to speak to anyone who saw the men in the area or who knows who they are.

“I would also urge anyone else who has been visited by the men to contact us. Please don’t feel embarrassed about being targeted but help us find these men before they claim any other victims.”

If you are visited by a stranger at home:

- If you have a chain on your door, keep it on while you check who is there and what they want.

- If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you.

- If a caller is genuine they will be happy to show you identification that proves who they are.

- If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 451 of 6/3, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you know a burglary is taking place call 999.