POLICE want to trace a conman who tricked his way into an elderly woman’s home before stealing her purse.
The suspect visited the victim’s home in West Drayton Road, Uxbridge, and said he was from the council and needed to check her gutters.
The woman went through her home to open a side gate leading into her back garden, but he instead came through the front door and followed her in.
He then quickly looked at the gutters before asking for £10, which the victim handed over.
The man asked for a pen and paper so he could write a receipt, but when she returned he had gone and her purse was missing.
The theft happened at about noon on July 3.
The man is described as white and in his 40s, about 5ft 8 in tall, of stocky build, and with greying dark brown hair. He spoke with a local accent.
DC Alan Graham, the investigating officer, said: “This is a terrible offence against an elderly person.”
If you can help police with their enquiries, call Hillingdon Police on 020 8246 1445, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.