A distraction burglar is circulating in Bolsover.
At 10.15am on Saturday, a man went to a house on Moor Lane and told the homeowner he was from the water board and needed to go into the property.
He stole three purses containing cash and bank cards while inside the house then left.
Police described the offender as white, 5ft 10in and of medium build. He was wearing a dark beanie hat and dark jeans.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.