POLICE investigating a distraction burglary at a Crowborough home have issued an efit of a suspect.
At around 2.15pm on Thursday April 26 an elderly woman answered her door to a man stating that he was from the water board.
The man said that there was a problem with the water and asked the woman if he could go to the kitchen to test the taps.
The victim went to the kitchen and the man followed her, pushing the kitchen door closed so that she could not see the front door.
He asked her to fill bowls and pans with water, which he assisted her with lifting. He then left.
A short time later the victim discovered that drawers and wardrobes upstairs had been opened and cash had been stolen. A locked box had also been broken into and money stolen.
The man is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 5’10’’ to 5’11’’, slim build, with short, dark straight hair. He was wearing smart clothing which included a long sleeved top or jacket and plain trousers. He spoke with a southern accent.
Detective Constable Sean Stapley of East Sussex CID said: “We believe that this person may have been working with another offender who has gone upstairs while the victim was in the kitchen.
“We would like to hear from anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident or anyone who recognises the man in the efit.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0937 of 26/4 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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