Sussex police warn about bogus charity collectors targeting shops

Sussex Police are warning businesses about a charity collection scam, following a number of incidents on Wednesday.

It is believed the same two men are responsible for thefts from shops in Crowborough, Hailsham and Bexhill.

They entered the premises, claiming to be from charities and are said to have stolen items after distracting staff.

Police want to locate the men and are advising people to keep valuables hidden away.

In the first incident, police said the men visited a shop in Crowborough High Street at around midday.

One man showed staff and customers a leaflet about a disabled children's charity, while the other wandered around.

After they had left it was discovered a mobile phone had been stolen.

They attempted similar scams at shops in Hailsham and Bexhill later that afternoon.

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