Bogus caller steals from elderly woman in Chichester

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POLICE are hunting for witnesses after an elderly woman had cash and cheques stolen by a bogus caller.

At some time between 11.15am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 30 a man claiming to be a telephone engineer called at a house in Canal Place, off Terminus Road, near Chichester railway station.

He claimed to have come to check the phone but after he left it was discovered that £65 in cash and two cheques had gone missing from the house. The cheques have now been cancelled.

Detective Constable David Midgley, of West Sussex CID, said the police were appealing for information.

He said: ‘The man was in his 40s, white, smartly dressed and he was carrying a briefcase-sized bag.

‘If you were in that area of Chichester during the day on Tuesday and saw anything that might help, please call us.

‘If you get a cold caller at your address, always use the door chain and check any ID badge.

‘If unsure, ring the company from a number using your phone book; a genuine caller will be happy to wait.’

Anyone with information can call 101 and quote serial number 414 of 31/10.