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Police are appealing for witnesses and urging others to be vigilant following reports of suspicious behaviour in Horsham.
Around 1pm on Monday (January 30), an unknown man knocked on the door of an elderly resident in Morrell Avenue purporting to be an antiques dealer buying jewellery, china, and other household items.
The man implied that a neighbour had sent him and acted as if he was known to the resident. He entered the property and was able to persuade the occupant, who was in her 80s, to part with a garnet bracelet in exchange for a low sum of money.
Officers investigating the matter believe the man attended a number of other addresses that day, but it’s not known if he managed to buy anything.
Police are urging residents to be aware of unknown callers trying to buy precious jewellery, and to report any suspicious behaviour either online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Anyone who has information relating to the incident above, or who may have captured the man on CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage, is asked to contact police quoting serial 1246 of 03/02.