A PENSIONER was tricked out of her purse by bogus workmen in Selsey.
The 84-year-old woman was approached by two men on Wednesday (January 29), who offered to assess her roof while a woman took down some details.
Another man arrived at her home the next day to assess the work and offered to mend a loose slab.
It is believed that while she talking to the man another entered the house through a back door and stole her purse.
The men were described as in their 20s, two were wearing woolly hats and blue or grey jackets, the third was smartly dressed with grey trousers and dark blue overcoat. The woman had blonde hair.
A police spokesman said: “This is a despicable crime. I would urge people not to deal with cold callers and keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
“Bogus callers can turn up as builders or gardeners and try and trick you into paying for unnecessary work; or pretend to be dealers offering to buy antiques. Chances are they are trying to trick you out of your money or distract you so they can steal.
“Residents are more aware and cautious of people knocking on their doors. Stop and think if you were expecting someone and ask who they are. If you choose to open the door put on the chain and keep it on while you talk to the doorstep caller.
“If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door call police immediately.
“If anyone recognises the people in this recent incident or has any information they should contact police on 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org or through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”