Police are warning people in Mid Sussex to beware of being tricked into buying expensive building supplies by cold callers.
It follows an incident at Jewson’s warehouse on the Bridge Road industrial estate in Haywards Heath shortly before 12.30pm on Tuesday (October 13)
Sussex Police said staff became suspicious after an elderly man accompanied by a man in his 20s came in and bought more than £1,000 worth of goods on the older man’s card.
They left together in a black Ford Focus car but the younger man later returned to the store in a white tipper truck to collect the materials.
Because the purchaser had appeared confused police were called, and on seeing officers arrive the man made off on foot, said police.
His vehicle and the goods were seized and officers are now trying to trace the man, described as a white Irishman, 5’, of skinny build, with curly ginger hair.
Police also want to hear from anyone else who may have been asked to buy items in similar circumstances by a man answering this description in order to establish if any crimes have been committed.
Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting serial 565 of 13/10.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.