Elderly man robbed in Crawley street

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Police are seeking a trio of thieves who stole cash in a wallet from an elderly and unwell man in a Crawley street.

At about 12.50pm on Monday (November 19) the 71-year old local man was walking home along an alleyway by St Albans Church in Gossops Green when he was approached by two men and a woman who engaged him in conversation and distracted him while one of them cut a hole in the bottom of the bag he was carrying and stole his wallet which contained some £160 cash and personal documents.

The suspects are described as possibly being of Filipino appearance but further details are not available at present.

Police are investigating the possibility that they had spotted him leaving a building society in the town centre shortly before the theft.

A Sussex Police spokesman said; “This was a particularly despicable theft from a vulnerable elderly man, who was very shaken and upset by the experience. If you saw anything on Monday that might help, please call us right away on 101 quoting serial 0726 of 19/11. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police continue to remind people using banks, building societies or cash machines to be as discreet as possible about any withdrawals and to keep the cash safe and secure.