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Distraction burglar targets victim in his 80s in Flackwell Heath
A MAN visited the house of an elderly man in Flackwell Heath to ask for payment for a window cleaning job he had not done – and returned to the same home days later to commit a distraction burglary.
On Thursday, January 23, the man visited a house in St Hildas Way to request money for cleaning windows.
This had not been requested by the occupant nor was it carried out by the man.
The occupant of the house, a man in his eighties, gave the offender a quantity of cash.
The same man then returned to the house between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, January 25, and asked for change.
When the victim was looking for change, the man entered the living room and took a cash box containing money The man is described as white with short brown hair.
He was in his early forties, of slim build, and around 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins. The man was wearing a black raincoat down to his knees and a light coloured jacket underneath.
Anyone who saw a man matching this description is asked to contact designated investigator Swarn Kohar on 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org