Two women have conned their way into an old man’s flat in Eastbourne by pretending to be his new neighbours.
Sometime between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday (18 January), the pair called at the 88-year-old’s home in Selwyn Road, saying they had just moved into the block and wanted to check how the plumbing and lighting work.
After they left, the gentleman found his wallet, containing some cash and a bank card, had been stolen.
It’s believed the women also knocked at another flat door at around the same time, but had not received a response. One is described as white and in her thirties.
Detective Inspector Neil Ralph said, "Bogus caller offences are not currently frequent, but this was a heartless theft carried out in an unusual way.
"If you recognise this couple, or perhaps if you have also been approached by them, please contact us.
"We also ask neighbours to help keep an eye on elderly residents, especially those who may vulnerable to cold calling and plausible stories on the doorstep.
"The best advice is always - if in doubt, keep them out."
Witnesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 0614 of 18/01.