Elderly Crawley couple burgled for third time



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Police are appealing for witnesses after a vulnerable Crawley couple were targeted by burglars for the third time.

The 89-year-olds were visited at their home in Woodfield Road, Northgate, at about 5pm on Friday (March 21) by a man who asked if he could come in to write a note for one of their neighbours who was out.

The couple gave the man a pen and paper to use and stayed with him in the living room of the home for several minutes while he wrote the message.

When he left the couple noticed that an intruder had searched the home while they were distracted.

The man they spoke to was white, about 50, 6ft and bald with dark hair on the sides. He was wearing dark clothing but was not wearing gloves.

Detective Constable Roy Perryman said: “This is the third time in the last five years that the couple have been the victims of burglary and they are understandably distraught about what has happened.

“At this stage we do not yet know exactly what has been taken.

“I would like to speak to anyone that was in Woodfield Road on Friday and could have seen at least two people acting suspiciously or anyone who recognises the description of the man who distracted the couple.

“The thieves may have stolen from other vulnerable residents as well. If anyone thinks they have been visited by them please call us.”

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

If you are visited by a caller at home:

- If you have a chain on your door, keep it on while you check who is there and what they want.

- 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 a caller is genuine they will be happy to show you identification that proves who they are.

- If you have any concerns about someone who has called at your door, call police immediately.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1127 of 21/3, email {mailto: 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk|101@sussex.pnn.police.uk|email} or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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