POLICE are investigating the circumstances of a distraction burglary after the elderly victim later died.
At around 6.30pm on Tuesday November 15 a man claiming to be dealing with blocked drains went to a house on Carsington Close, Chesterfield.
He was allowed in by the elderly couple and kept them occupied in the kitchen before leaving.
The couple then noticed cash had been stolen from a bedroom.
Later that evening the 80-year-old man was taken ill and died in hospital.
There was no violence or aggression shown by the distraction burglar. He is described as tall and thin, with a round face, wearing a dark anorak and dark trousers.
A post mortem was due to take place today (Wednesday).
A similar incident also took place just after 6pm when a man also claiming to be dealing with blocked drains was allowed into a home on Sycamore Avenue, Chesterfield.
While he kept the woman busy another man went into the living room, nothing was stolen.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who has any information about either of the burglaries.
Police are reminding residents to be cautious of any unexpected callers and always ask for ID. If you are not satisfied they are genuine do not allow them into you home.
Call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.