Three men made off with an 86-year-old Hartlepool woman’s cash after claiming to have repaired her home.
The three called at the woman's home in Spearman Walk on Saturday. The first man knocked on the door at 12.30pm, claimed to have cleaned the guttering and demanded £20 for the work.
When the victim refused to pay, he pressured her into providing him with the cash and the victim ended up handing over £10 before he left.
This man is described as white, 20-years-old, 5 ft 8 ” tall, of medium build with short dark straight hair and stubble. He was wearing an orange hi-viz jacket (with the word ‘Seymour’ on it) and a blue or grey dutt and spoke with a local accent.
Ten minutes later, he returned with another man and knocked on the side door of the house. The second male man to the rear and looked through the kitchen window. The victim did not answer the door this time and the two men left.
The second man is described as white, in his mid-20s with short dark hair and he was wearing dark clothing.
A further ten minutes later the second man returned with a third and attempted to knock on the door again but the victim did not answer.
There is no description of the third male except that he had a sling on his left arm.
Anyone who may have seen the men described or anyone who was in the area at the time of these incidents who may have witnessed anything is asked to contact PC Paul Forbes on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org