Hunt for burglar ‘cowards’ who knocked down 90-year-old

Police released an Efit of one of the suspects. Picture: Sussex Police
Police released an Efit of one of the suspects. Picture: Sussex Police

The hunt is on for two ‘cowards’ who knocked a 90-year-old man to the floor in a violent burglary.

Police have issued an Efit of a suspect involved in what they are calling a ‘violent burglary’ at a house in Hearnfield Road, Littlehampton.

The burglary took place at 11.40am on Tuesday, February 28, with two men knocking on the door of an elderly resident, police say.

The 90-year old man answered the door and the two men asked if they could use the phone.

Once the door was opened they pushed him to the floor, and one of the suspects kept guard over him, refusing to help him to his feet, whilst the second searched his house.

However they subsequently made off without taking anything.

The victim was unhurt but badly shaken by the incident.

Both suspects are described as white. One, of whom the Efit has been made, is aged between 20 and 30, 6ft and of stocky build. He had short brown hair and was wearing a fawn coloured top.

The second suspect was in his 30s, a little taller than the first, of slim build and described as having a stoop. He had medium length dark brown hair and was wearing dark clothing and gloves.

Detective constable Gavin Percival of the West Sussex Community Investigation Team said: “We should all be disgusted at the behaviour of these two cowards. If you know anything about this offence or who committed it please do not hesitate to contact the police.”

Any witness or anyone with information is asked email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 101 quoting serial 572 of 28/02.

Members of the public can also report online or call 101.

Alternatively, people can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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