A man posing as a builder stole over £1,000 in cash from a Bexhill property after telling the elderly resident that their roof needed repairing.
The incident occurred at a block of flats on London Road, Bexhill on January 6, at approximately 2.15pm.
A Sussex police spokesman said: “The man posed as a builder, knocked at a door of the property and claimed that he had come round to repair the victim’s roof. He then asked for money up front and at some stage advised the victim to leave his property. It seems entry was then gained to the property and more money stolen.”
The male suspect is described as approximately 35 years old, 6ft tall, average build with black hair a bit fluffy on top, clean shaven, wearing a black coloured jacket, dark trousers and black shoes. The man did not appear to be travelling in a car.
Sussex police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything relating to this incident by calling 101 quoting reference: SXP-20140106-0756 and gave this advice: “Never let cold callers convince you to hand over money or coerce you into leaving your property vulnerable to burglary. If you ever experience or witness this kind of suspicious activity, contact us immediately by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 for emergency.”
“If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be. Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home. Ensure that if you do let somebody into your home, that you close the door behind them. Not sure? Don’t open the door.”