A bogus social services worker conned her way into a home before stealing cash and a piece of jewellery.
The offender claimed to be a social worker and was invited into the 67-year-old victim’s house on Williamthorpe Road, North Wingfield, Chesterfield, where she then asked for a glass of water and went upstairs.
Police said the victim had cash stolen from her house by the distraction burglar during the incident on Thursday afternoon, November 20.
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: “It was after the offender had left that the victim realised cash and a brooch had gone missing.”
The cameo brooch was oval shaped, with a brown background and a white figure in the foreground.
Cash was taken from a purse and drawer while a money tin was also taken.
The offender was described as white, about 5ft tall, with dark, straight, shoulder-length hair.
She was described as wearing a black leather jacket, a cream jumper and black trousers.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw a woman matching that description in the area.
Residents are also reminded to be vigilant when receiving unexpected calls.
Police stressed that people should make sure they check callers’ identification and do not to let anyone in if they are not sure who they are.
A police spokesman added: “Genuine callers will not call unannounced, they will arrange an appointment or give written notice about work taking place.
“If callers are persistent or make people feel concerned or uncomfortable residents should please contact the police immediately.”
Witnesses or anyone with information on the North Wingfield distraction burglary should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 49239/14.
They can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.