Police issue alert over bogus Big Issue sellers

A GANG of bogus Big Issue sellers could be targeting businesses in 1066 Country.

An estate agents in London Road, St Leonards was one of three firms to fall foul of a thief posing as a homeless magazine seller only to try and pinch cash from under the noses of unsuspecting staff.

The man, described as Asian, around 5ft 7ins tall and with a goatee beard, headed into the Brooks Harrison Property Agents base at around 4.15pm on Tuesday.

There he asked staff for money before making a grab for money sitting on one of the firm’s desks.

Earlier a man matching the same description used similar tactics to steal an expensive mobile phone from a store in Rye and another iPhone from Rush, Witt and Wilson in nearby Battle.

Police say he puts the magazines he is carrying down on a table before scooping them up, along with whatever is underneath.

PC Jayne Cleverley said officers were linking all three incidents and are not ruling out the possibility of a team being behind the scam.

And she added that the man in questions is not believed to be a genuine Big Issue seller.

She said: “Big Issue sellers do not enter businesses and carry ID with them, which is usually displayed.

“Please let us know if you see this male.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999.