Sussex Police is investigating the theft of £2,000 from an elderly man in Brighton – and are seeking to find a ‘distinctive red van’ which may be involved in the case.
A police spokesperson said: “On Friday, August 10, three men in a white van attended the 91-year-old’s address in Surrenden Crescent and offered to repair his roof for £500.
“They returned about 9am on Monday, August 13, this time in a red flatbed van, and suggested the chimney also needed repairing.
“Following some negotiations, the victim agreed to pay £2,000 for the job.
“He collected the cash from the bank, and on returning to his house he left the money on the kitchen side while he went to deactivate the alarm.
“On his return to the kitchen the money had gone and the men had left.
“It is believed while he was turning the alarm off the money has been stolen from the kitchen.”
The three suspects are all described as white and in their late 20s to early 30s, and all of stocky build. One was bald and another was dressed all in black.
Anyone with any information about the vivid red dropside flatbed van, or about the incident in general, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 406 of 14/08.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.