E-fit of suspect released by police following distraction burglary

The e-fit of the suspect wanted by police
The e-fit of the suspect wanted by police

Police have released an e-fit of a suspect following a distraction burglary in St Leonards in which an 83-year-old man was conned.

The incident happened on Thursday, April 18 at about 6.35pm. The victim answered his door at his house in Bristol Road to a man and a young boy who asked him to leave some door mats for a neighbour and to change up a £20 note.

They both came into the house and the man stayed briefly on his own in one of the rooms before leaving suddenly and calling to his younger companion. After they left, the victim became suspicious and found that a case of money had been taken.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We hope that by releasing this e-fit someone will recognise the suspect. This was a callous crime in which the offenders, who may have been father on son, preyed on the victim’s vulnerability and kis kindness.

“If anyone can assist police with their enquiries then we would urge them to call us on 101, quoting serial 1217 of 18/4 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“We would like to remind people to always use a chain and to ask for identification if they don’t recognise who is at the door. Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home and call 999 immediately if you are in any way suspicious of the caller at your door. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours please remind them to be alert to these bogus callers and to never let people they don’t know into their homes.”