AN ELDERLY woman had sentimental jewelry stolen by a man claiming to be from a gas company.
The 83-year-old victim had several items stolen from her home on Green Lane in Chichester when the man searched the property unchallenged for around ten minutes between 12pm and 1pm on Friday 8 July.
She was approached the day before by a man who offered to renovate her front patio but shut the door on him.
He returned the next day claiming to be from the gas agency, but the victim did not recognize him and allowed him into the home.
She recognized him only after the man told her that he would leave after the work was completed.
The items stolen included a gold engagement ring with a central sapphire surrounded by diamonds, a crystal necklace, a parrot brooch, several pairs of earrings and a silver Sekonda watch that belonged to her late husband.
Police are appealing for information with the suspect described as between 30 and 40 years old, approximately 5ft 5in tall, tanned skin, clean shaven with a prominent stomach and wearing a dark baseball cap, dark blue shirt and brown or beige colored shorts.
Police Officer Douglas Young said: “This is a despicable crime and we will do everything we can to apprehend those responsible. The jewelry stolen in this incident is of great sentimental value and irreplaceable due to ties to the victim’s late husband. I would urge anyone with information regarding this incident to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information is urged to report this online or call 101 quoting serial number 636 dated 08/07 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20270991.chichester-woman-jewellery-stolen-scam/?ref=rss A Chichester woman has her jewelry stolen in a scam