JEWELLERY was stolen from an elderly Shoreham woman who was conned by a bogus workman.
The 84-year-old victim was at home in Old Shoreham Road when a man came to her door on Monday at 1pm.
He claimed he was a builder and said he needed to use some ladders.
Sussex Police said: “She took him out to the back garden to look at what ladders he would need and while he was chatting to her, another man went into her house and stole jewellery from a bedroom.”
The first suspect is described as white, aged in his late 40s to early 50s, 5ft 9in, with very short grey hair, grey stubble of medium build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and trousers.
The second suspect is described as white, aged in his 30s with short brown hair, 5ft 9in, of medium build. He was wearing a yellow or beige-coloured t-shirt.
Sergeant Jo Webb advised: “Please check the identification for anyone who knocks on your door and don’t let anyone in who does not show you some.
“No police officer or official person will mind if you ask to see their warrant card or a form of ID and will wait while you check it properly.
“If you have a security chain on your door, keep it on while you check to see who is there and what they want.
“Most importantly, if you’re not expecting someone and you don’t know them, don’t let them into your home, no matter what they say to you. If you have any concerns about someone calling at your door, call the police immediately.”
Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 0877 of 07/07.