A 93-year-old woman chased a man out of her Dunstable home after realising she was the victim of a distraction burglary on Friday (November 1).
The incident took place between 10.25-10.45am when a female offender called at the victim’s home in Poynters Road claiming to be a care assistant.
She tricked her way into the house by claiming her colleague had left some notes inside – the victim helped her look for the documents in the kitchen, but after a few minutes the woman left.
Shortly afterwards, the victim heard a noise coming from upstairs – when she investigated she discovered a male offender trying to hide behind her bedroom door.
The man tried to claim he was a plumber but the victim chased him out of the house.
The victim then discovered that her purse, solitaire engagement ring, another ring and two gold watches had been taken.
She also saw that a number of other items had been collected together ready to be snatched.
The female is described as being white, chubby, 5ft 2ins, long red hair tied back but with a fringe, wearing dark clothing that the victim described as being ‘like a carer’.
The male was white, skinny, 5ft 11ins, well-groomed, wearing a dark top, dark trousers and dark trainers with a white logo.
Det Con Scott Hannam, investigating, said: “These offenders appear to have deliberately picked on an elderly woman and taken advantage of her.
“The victim has been left extremely distressed and upset by what has happened and we really need the public’s help in identifying the offenders.”
“We would remind everyone to be extremely cautious about anyone calling at their home, to always use a spy hole and door chain and to insist on identification.”
“If you are in any way suspicious, dial 999.”
If you have any information, call Beds Police on the non-emergency number 101.