A PENSIONER in Mansfield was left distressed and out of pocket after a burglar who posed as a salesman stole her purse.
It happened at around 3pm today (Friday, 30th November) when a man knocked on the door of the woman’s home in Wallis Road and claimed to be selling cloths and other household cleaning items.
He entered the house and stole her purse from a handbag and cash before fleeing.
The woman was not hurt but shaken by the intrusion.
The man is described as white and in his early 40s. He is around 6ft tall, bald and was wearing a light-coloured duffle coat.
Police patrols have been stepped-up in the area in a bid to deter further incidents and provide reassurance to the local community.
Officers are asking anyone who has been approached by anyone selling household wares in the Wallis Road area to call them, as they may have vital information about the case.
Residents are also being urged to be cautious and not let strangers into their house. They should ask to see identification and phone the company the person claims to be working for to verify who they are.
If in any doubt, simply do not open the door.
Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 461 of 30 November 2012, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.