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Police hunt bogus Eastbourne plumber
Police are hunting this man who posed as a bogus plumber to get into a pensioner's home.
The suspect got into the 73-year-old's home in Neville Road, Eastbourne, at 10am on Thursday 11 July while she was upstairs and had left the windows and a door downstairs unlocked.
When challenged the man told her he had let himself in because he needed to make urgent checks to try to prevent an explosion.
He said he was a plumber working at the next door address, had a key to her property and needed to check the radiators to ensure water did not get into the electrics.
He sent the pensioner to flush her toilet and turn on her taps but she then saw him coming out of her bedroom.
The man left and the woman found several drawers in her bedroom were open and items of jewellery were on the floor.
It is not believed that any items were stolen.
The man was white, clean shaven, in his late 30s, slim and about 5'5". He was wearing a dark baseball cap, gloves, a zipped-up dark waist-length jacket, jeans and trainers.
Detective Constable Gary Baker, of Sussex Police, said: "It is believed the man got into the house through an insecure rear door which emphasises the need for residents to keep their windows and doors locked.
"This was a callous attempt to confuse an elderly victim so the offender could steal from her in her own home.
"I am particularly keen to trace this man before he prays on another elderly victim."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 0962 of 11 July.
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