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Pensioner conned out of £1,400

Thieves who conned a vulnerable pensioner out of over £1,000 returned to try to steal more cash from him.

Thieves con vulnerable pensioner

E-fit produced of the man on his first visit to the pensioner Credit: Sussex Police

Thieves who conned a vulnerable pensioner out of £1,400 later returned to steal more cash from him.

The 85-year-old from Hove was first targeted at his home where he was told his roof needed repairing.

The offender then pretended to call the man's accommodation officer and told the victim to pay £1,400 and that the money would be refunded.

The work was due to be carried out the next day but no one turned up.

On Monday July, 1 the offender returned to the pensioner's home claiming to be working in a neighbour's garden when he dropped a hedgetrimmer into the victim's garden.

The offender persuaded the man to go out in the garden with him to get the trimmer whilst an accomplice went into the man's home.

The pensioner challenged the men but they denied any wrong doing and left the house empty handed.

The offender was described as white, about 40-years-old with short brown hair. He was wearing loose grey and black clothes and a grey cap.

On the second visit the man was said to have dyed his hair black.

Sussex Detective Sergeant Liam Tinkl said: "We believe the men returned to the pensioner's home because they saw him as an easy target. We need to speak to anyone who may have seen the men or who recognises the description so that we can catch them before they prey on any more vulnerable people."

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