St Leonards pensioner has purse and laptop stolen by bogus policeman

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A PENSIONER had her purse and laptop computer stolen by a bogus policeman during a distraction burglary.

Detective Sergeant Jason Tuck, from the Hastings priority crime unit, said the distraction burglary happened at around 10am last Thursday (March 23).

He said: “This burglary has understandably left the victim very tired, upset and shaken. It is easy to be caught off guard when a bogus official calls by, which is why it is vital to always use the door chain, take your time and thoroughly read and verify their identification.

“Police officers will always show you their warrant card and if you have any doubts please call 101. Other genuine callers will always be happy to wait while you check who they are.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area, or who may have had a similar visitor claiming to be a police officer.”

The suspect was white, age 30, medium build, and wore a dark coloured jacket with a multicoloured logo on the front, as well as dark bottoms.

House-to-house inquiries are being completed and CCTV is being viewed by officers as part of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.