POLICE have this week released an e-fit of a man who pretended to be a policeman and burgled an elderly woman in St Leonards.
The suspect called at the 86-year-old victim’s home in Battle Road between 6.30pm and 7pm on Thursday, 22 March, claiming to be a police officer.
She let him in and he asked if she had change for a £10 note.
The pensioner said no and then made him a cup of tea. The man left soon after and the woman then discovered her purse and laptop had been stolen.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 30 and 40, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short brown hair.
He was wearing dark clothing and a jacket with a red emblem on the front of it.
PCSO Lucy Paffett said: “This was a distraction burglary. I would like to remind people to ask to see a valid identity card before letting a stranger into their home. If the person is from a reputable company or organisation, they will show it to you.
“Unfortunately these unscrupulous individuals will target vulnerable members of the community.
“If someone who you believe is suspicious calls at your door, contact police straight away on the non emergency number 101 and do not let them into your home.”
Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.