A 93-year-old woman has had cash and jewellery taken from her home in Eastbourne by a burglar she took to be a genuine workman.

She found the items had been taken from her home in the Old Town area after he left.

The incident was reported last Wednesday (November, 1).

Police have described the suspect as white, 5’7″, of large build and with dark hair.

He was wearing a navy blue jacket and workmens clothes.

The incident is one of a number of distraction burglaries on householders in the Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden districts being investigated by Sussex Police.

Property has been stolen by doorstep callers claiming to be from legitimate organisations such as the utility services, according to the force.

Sussex Police said they were keen to make family and friends aware of the risks in letting strangers into their homes.

Sergeant Amy Mason said:

“We cannot stress enough the importance of not opening the door to anyone making an unexpected call.

“Genuine callers will not mind waiting while householders telephone the organisation they represent to check, and they should always be prepared to provide some form of identification.

“If a householder is in any doubt, they should call police on 999.

“It’s particularly important that this message gets passed around local communities so that people can be on their guard and help prevent such crimes occurring.”

Those with information can report details to Sussex Police via their website or by calling 101, quoting Operation Inroad.