Distraction Burlgaries in Eastbourne

Monday 18th April 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Distraction Burglaries Efits 12 April

We're being warned to be on our guard as police investigate a number of cases of rogue callers in Eastbourne, Polegate and Hailsham.

A number of homes were targeted last Tuesday (12 April) in Brook Street and Dittons Road in Polegate, Slindon Crescent in Eastbourne and Hawthylands Road in Hailsham.

In each case, bogus callers conned or tried to force their way into the properties.

Police believe this could be linked to three other distraction type burglaries in Sidley and St Leonards on the same day and think te same two men were involved in all the offences. Both are described as white, of slim to medium build, clean shaven and thought to be in their late 20s. Both wore blue clothing and one had a baseball cap.

A royal blue saloon car with ladders attached to the roof was seen at one of the locations.

Detective Constable Richie Davison, of the Priority Crime Team, said: "House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and extra patrols deployed to reassure residents.

"Our advice to anyone finding a stranger at their door is not to let them in, no matter what they say, or unless absolutely sure they are genuine.

"Reputable callers will be prepared to provide identification and to wait outside for this to be checked with the company or organisation they claim to represent. If at all concerned, call police immediately by dialling 999.

"Meanwhile we would like to hear from anyone who may have recently experienced unannounced visits in the area or who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious."

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor phone 101, quoting Operation Inroad.

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