93-year-old woman’s bag stolen at her house

An elderly woman’s handbag was stolen during a distraction burglary.

Police said the incident happened between 8am and 9am on Monday (January 26) at the 93-year-old’s house in The Bourne.

A woman who was clutching a newspaper called at the victim’s house claiming she had won a coupon for being such a loyal customer. The lady let the woman into her home and they chatted for about five minutes before the woman left. Once the woman had gone the victim noticed that her handbag had been stolen.

The woman is described as white, in her late 20s to early 30s, with brunette hair which was cut just above her shoulders. She had a well-spoken accent.

Detective Sergeant Jason Tuck, of the Hastings Priority Crime Team, said: “The lady’s handbag was found later that afternoon discarded in public toilets in Hastings town centre. The lady acted quickly and cancelled her bank cards as a precaution against further crimes being committed.

“The woman who deceived the her may try this tactic again, so please be aware of anyone who calls at your door unexpectedly. If you have any information as to who this woman is please contact us on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 341 of 26/01. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”