Elderly Woman falls prey to Christmas card burglar

An elderly woman has fallen prey to a burglar who came to her home in Portslade pretending to sell Christmas cards and stole £50 last week.

The distraction burglary occurred on Thursday 18th October when a man who said he was selling Christmas cards and calendars called at the 82 year old’s house in Newtimber Drive, Portslade, at 6:20.

After wanting to buy a calendar she let him in and went to the kitchen however he stayed in the living room and proceeded to burgle her.

When she came back into the living room she found he had taken £50 from her purse.

It has prompted the police to warn people especially elderly people to be on their guard against distraction burglars. The man is described as white, aged in his 40s, 5′ 6’, of large stocky build and with balding gingery hair. He carried a rucksack containing calendars and cards.

PC Duncan Lloyd said: “This is a despicable tricking a elderly woman who answered her door and offered to buy one a calendar he was selling. People need to be cautious of answering the door to strangers. Any number of reasons are given to distract residents and we urge people to be extra careful, closing the door, check identity and be on their guard.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, or who recognises the description of the offender is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial  1455 of 18/10. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Anna Hayward

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