Thieves steal cash from elderly Portsmouth man after he suffers epileptic fit

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THIEVES stole cash from an elderly man just after he had suffered an epileptic seizure at his home.

The two men, both white and in their 30s, pretended to be from the water board and tricked the 73-year-old into allowing them into his home in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove.

One went upstairs, and the other to the kitchen and £50 was taken from the lounge, before both men left, meeting up with a third man outside and walking towards the underpass.

Police are appealing for information after the burglary, at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘A 73-year-old man was at home alone and suffering from an epileptic seizure when he heard persistent knocking at his door. When he was able to answer the door (but still unwell) he found two men at the door. The men claimed to be from the water board and said they needed to sort out a problem before entering his home.’

The first man was slim, 5ft 10in and wearing a white jacket. The second was stocky, 5ft 7in and wearing a black jacket and baseball hat.

A similar incident was reported at approximately 7.10pm in Windmill Lane, Bursledon. Three men were involved and a similar motive was used, £170 cash was taken from this address. Officers are looking into the possibility that these two incidents are linked.

Detective Constable Rebecca Brown said: ‘It appears the homeowner was targeted as a result of his vulnerability. It would have been clear to the offenders that the man was unwell.

‘This is a busy road which runs through Paulsgrove, someone must have seen these men. I would urge anyone with information to come forward.’

Anyone with information which may help officers identify who is responsible should contact DC Brown in the Eastern Investigation team at Fratton on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.