Police warning after distraction burglary in Crowborough


Blank cheques were stolen from a 77-year-old pensioner by distraction burglars who tricked their way into his home in Crowborough.

The homeowner allowed the three men into his house at 6.29pm on Wednesday May 21 in Blackness Road to clean his windows but later discovered the theft.

Sussex Police are warning people to be on their guard after the burglary, which is one of a string of such crimes across the county.

Inspector Jon Greetham said: “It is important to remain vigilant at all times, and to never allow cold callers or strangers into your home, however convincing they may sound.”

The men were believed to be using a grey Mitsubishi L200 pick-up in which they had a jet wash hose.

Recently distraction burlaries have taken place in Hove, Rottingdean and Brighton.

These crimes involved the use of plausible excuses to gain entry to the homes of vulnerable elderly people.

Anyone who may have information about any of these or similar occurrences is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 1290 of 21/5 (Brighton), 1254 of 21/5 (Crowborough),

They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Operation Magpie was launched to tackle burglary across the county.

Police advice to householders is:

- If you have a security chain on your door, keep it on while you check who is there and what they want.

- If you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you.

- If a caller is genuine they will be happy to show you identification that proves who they are. Check it carefully.

- If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately.

- If you suspect an offence is taking place call 999 at once.