Money stolen by bogus council workers in Crowborough

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An 83-year-old woman had money stolen from her flat in Forest Rise, Crowborough, yesterday (Monday June 25) after letting in two men she thought were from the council.

The victim saw the men in her garden at around 12.30pm and assuming they were council workers she let them into her home in order to pay them as they said they had trimmed some of her trees.

Once inside the woman was distracted by one of the men whilst the other man is somewhere else in her flat.

A few hours later she noticed £125 was missing from her purse and informed the police.

Detective Sergeant Julie Dow from East Sussex CID said: “This was a deceitful act by two men taking advantage of an elderly person’s trust.

“Unfortunately this is now the time of year when distraction techniques such as gardening work will be used on the old and vulnerable.

“Please do not let anyone into your home before checking their ID with the company they cliam to be from. If in doubt, dial 999 immediately.

“If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours and/or relatives please remind them to not let anyone under any circumstances into their home who they are not expecting and have not checked their ID.”

The suspects are described as white, 25 to 35, and of slim build. One of the men had fair hair and was wearing a white T-shirt. The other had dark hair and was wearing a fluorescent jacket. Both spoke with local accents.