An elderly woman suffering from dementia had a purse and jewellery stolen when her home was burgled.
The 79-year-old victim told police the crime took place at her in property in Blows Road, Dunstable, some time between 11am on Wednesday and 10.10pm on Thursday.
The victim, who has mobility problems, raised the alarm with relatives after finding a bedroom had been ransacked. A thick gold chain with a Madonna pendant had been taken as well as her purse.
Det Con Joanna Bosson, is keen to speak with anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area.
She also appealed to residents to remain vigilant, and said: “Often people who commit burglaries visit other homes in the area and target elderly people within our communities.
“I would urge communities to keep an eye on their elderly relatives and friends and I would ask that anyone who has seen someone acting suspiciously in the Dunstable area recently to come forward and assist with this investigation.
“We believe the victim in this case was seen speaking with an unknown woman in Blows Road on Wednesday morning. I am particularly interested in tracing this person as she may have vital information about others who may have been in the area.”
Contact Det Con Bosson, in confidence, on 01582 394441, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.