An Eastbourne woman in her 90s has been cruelly robbed of cash from her home after becoming the victim of a distraction burglary.
The unnamed pensioner allowed a man into her home in Redoubt Road after he claimed he needed to check water pipes in the property.
The woman soon became suspicious of the man and challenged him. When he had left, she discovered that a small quantity of cash was missing.
Police are now appealing for information about the burglary which took place at around 3pm on Monday afternoon.
Ironically, it was only this week that South East Water was urging customers to ensure their homes were protected against the bitterly cold spell. They were warning households to lag water pipes to prevent them from bursting during the freezing temperatures.
Detective Sergeant Dave Tye of East Sussex CID said: “Unfortunately there are people who take advantage of the vulnerable and elderly in their own homes.
“I would like to hear from anyone who saw a man in Redoubt Road matching the description or anyone who has received a similar call at their door.
“Please remember to always ask for ID of anyone who calls at your door and don’t let them into your home until you are satisfied they are a genuine caller.
“It is also important that relatives, friends or neighbours of vulnerable or elderly people pass on this message.
“If you have any concerns about someone’s identity please contact police.”
The man is described as white, about six feet tall, of medium build, aged about 30. He had a closed shaved head and spoke quietly with a local accent. He was wearing a plastic/waterproof type black top, fastened up to the neck.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1032 of 14/1 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.