Worthing woman’s money stolen by bogus bailiffs

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BOGUS bailiffs stole money from a Worthing woman after they threatened to take her property unless she paid them immediately.

The two men called at the 25-year-old woman’s home, in Gratwicke Road, at around 6.40pm on Tuesday (January 25) claiming to be owed money from a previous tenant over the non-payment of council tax.

After the men claimed they needed to be paid immediately or would seize the woman’s home, she visited a nearby bank and withdrew money, which she paid to them.

The men drove away in their silver car after taking the money.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: “I remain open minded to the motives of the suspects. They waited in a small silver car for the victim to return from getting money from the bank, which she handed over to the men.

“If you were in the area at the time and remember seeing anything suspicious, please contact us immediately.

“At no point did the men produce ID.

“A genuine caller will always wait for you to verify who they are, so always ask for ID and call the organisation they’re from.

“Remember to ‘stop, chain and check’ when answering the door to visitors.”

Worthing Borough Council confirmed no bailiffs had been sent to the address for the collection of council tax.

The first suspect is described as 5ft 8in, aged 25 to 30, with short hair, and was wearing a suit and white shirt.

The second suspect is described as 25 to 30, with mousey brown short hair, and was wearing a suit and blue shirt.

Police are continuing to conduct house-to-house enquiries in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1237 of 25/1 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.