Heartless burglars target Hailsham elderly woman with poor eyesight

TWO MEN took advantage of an elderly woman with poor eyesight during a night time distraction burglary in Hailsham.

The men woke the woman at about 12.30am on Thursday morning (February 24) by knocking on the door of her home in The Gages.

She answered the door to them and they claimed that they had been sent by her daughter to check for an intruder. In her confusion, she let them in and went back to bed.

Her daughter later discovered the burglary when she called at about 8.15am that morning.

The burglars had searched the house, making it untidy, and the victim recalled they asked for money - but she had none to give them.

The heartless duo stole a handbag and some costume jewellery, it was later discovered.

As the victim has poor eyesight she was unable to given any description of the men. But DC Mark Davis, from Wealden CID, has called on the help of residents to help hunt the men down.

He said: “This a despicable crime that took advantage of an elderly victim at a time when she was at her most vulnerable. If you saw two men acting suspiciously in the area around midnight, if they tried to call on you or you have any information about the incident, please call us.”

If you have any information phone 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 277 of February 24.

Police issued the following statement after the distraction burglary: “If you have friends or neighbours who may be susceptible to this type of crime, make sure they are aware of the dangers of opening the door to or admitting anyone they don’t know, no matter how persuasive or genuine they might appear.

“Ask for identification - any genuine caller won’t mind waiting while you call a contact number on their identification card to confirm its validity. However, don’t trust a mobile telephone contact number.

“If you have concerns over callers to your door and they are still there or nearby, call the police on 999.

“If you are made aware of a possible offence some time after it has happened call the police using the non emergency number - 0845 60 70 999.”