An 89 year-old woman and a 90 year-old woman were targeted by thieves in Worthing yesterday afternoon (Wednesday January 22nd). Police are seeking a couple who are suspected of trying to steal from elderly people in Worthing.
At 2.00 pm on Wednesday January 22nd, a man and a woman both described as being in their twenties approached an 89-year old woman who was in her wheelchair in Aldsworth Avenue, Goring. They said they were friends of a neighbour and suggested they go back to the woman’s house for tea. She very wisely did not agree and they went away.
At about 3.50pm on the same day a man and a woman called at the house in Goring Way, occupied by a 90-year-old woman. They said they were neighbours who had come to check on her welfare, and the man began to look round the house.
However the occupier did not recognise them and challenged their reasons for being there, at which they left. Nothing was stolen.
Detective Sergeant Jason Turner said: “We believe the same couple are involved in both incidents and would like to hear from anyone who saw them or may know who they are.
“The two women were right to be suspicious and did very well in challenging the couple. We always advise residents not to get involved with cold callers or strangers in the street. Have nothing to do with them and report any suspicions to us via 999 if they are still present, or via 101 at any other time.”
Detectives consider the possibility these two incidents may be connected with the theft of a handbag from a resident in Aldsworth Avenue by a bogus caller on January 10th and the theft of cash from an elderly resident in Goring Way on January 14th.
Detectives have released an e-fit of the man believed to have been involved and are appealing for assistance in identifying him.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1116 of January 10frg/1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.