A heartless conman, claiming to be working for a charity, stole from a pensioner in Ilkeston, police have said.
The 80-year-old woman answered her door in Critchley Street to the man, who told her he was selling cleaning products, at about 1pm on Sunday.
He sold her some tea towels and then asked for a drink. The pensioner went to make him a drink and the conman said he had to leave.
After he had gone she found that her purse and some cash had been stolen.
He was described as white, in his 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of average build. He had short brown hair and a bald patch and was wearing a tan jacket. He had a green and yellow carrier bag, containing tea towels and dusters.
Police are linking the burglary to a similar incident in Long Eaton on December 27.
In Albert Road, a 92-year-old woman let a man of similar description into her home.
He said he was selling calendars to raise cash for a minibus for a children’s charity.
After he left she noticed her purse was missing.
He visited two other addresses in the same area but nothing was stolen.
Call police on 101.