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Fake water engineers con elderly woman and steal cash and jewellery

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The 84-year-old victim answered her door to a man claiming there was trouble with local water supplies

TWO bogus water engineers tricked their way into an elderly woman’s home to steal her cash and jewellery.

Police are urging residents in Peacehaven to be on their guard after the elderly woman’s home in Hoddern Avenue in the town was targeted by the men.

The incident happened at around 4.15pm on Monday when the 84-year-old victim answered her door to a man claiming there was trouble with local water supplies and he needed to check the flow from her kitchen taps.

While she was engaged with the man, a second man knocked at the door around 10-15 minutes later and said he needed to join his colleague.

Only after the men had gone did the woman realise a search had been made of other rooms in her house, with drawers pulled out and £30 cash and some jewellery disappearing. Both men were white and dressed in black clothing.

One man, aged 45-50 and around 5ft 2in, was wearing a high-visibility top.

The other, in his mid 30s, 6ft and of stocky build, also wore black with a scarf and a hood pulled up to cover his head.

Sergeant Stuart Mullins, of the district police prevention team, said: “We’d like to hear from anyone who recalls seeing either of these men or who were approached themselves.

“Any details of suspicious vehicles or unusual activity in the area would also be welcome.”

Anyone with information is asked to report details online or call 101, quoting Operation Inroad.


Source: The Argus