Police search for man who burgled an elderly woman in Kate Street, Leicester
A thief pushed his way into an elderly woman's home claiming he was being chased, and then stole her handbag and a telephone while her back was turned.
Police have appealed for help tracing the thief, who knocked on the back door of the woman's home in Kate Street, near King Richards Road, near Leicester city centre, at 4pm on Sunday, January 27.
The woman told the man he could not come in, but he pushed past her.
He then told the woman to go into another room.
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While he was alone he took a cordless phone and a black handbag containing cash and bank cards.
Detective Constable Damian Young said: "This was a distressing incident for the elderly victim and I am keen to trace the people responsible for this crime.
"Were you visited by someone in similar circumstances or did you see this man acting suspiciously in the area on this Sunday afternoon?
"If you believe you can help with our investigation I would urge you to contact us immediately. Any calls received will be treated in confidence."
The suspect is white, in his early-30s, approximately 6ft and of medium build.
He was wearing a navy jacket, dark trousers and a multi coloured woollen hat.
He was carrying a shoulder bag and is described as dirty looking.
The man spoke with a Leicester accent.
Contact Det Con Young on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.