£200 was stolen from an elderly woman in Ashurst Wood on Thursday (November 19).
Police were called to a home in Hammerwood Road after reports a man walked into the victim’s house, at around 12.50pm, claiming he was owed £10 for work outside, however no work had been carried out.
He was told to fetch her handbag from another room and then left the property with around £200 in cash.
He is described as white, in his fifties, around 6’ and was wearing blue overalls.
Police said following house to house enquiries, officers were told a man had called at a neighbouring house the previous day (November 18).
The suspect told the resident her hedge needed cutting and he had done work for her in the past, which he had not.
The woman closed the door on him and did not see which direction he left in.
He is described as white, between 20 and 30 years of age with light brown curly hair.
Detective Constable Heidi McCall said: “We believe these two incidents could be linked and would like to hear from anyone who saw something suspicious in the area.
“Witnesses can email 101@sussex,pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 0665 of 19/11.”
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