The incident happened at 3.50pm at a property in Highbury Road, Luton after the 82 year oldÂ resident answered a knock at his front door.
A woman told the resident that she was from â€˜home helpâ€™ and talked her way in to his home. SheÂ then had a drink before asking the victim for some personal details.
The resident became suspicious of the woman and asked her to leave. On leaving the property theÂ woman tried to hug the victim and remove his wallet from his pocket but was stopped.
The woman is described as a white woman in her early 30s, 5â€™ to 5â€™2â€ tall. She spoke with an IrishÂ accent and wore a pink top, grey trousers and carried a coat.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Constable Helen Toms, is keen to trace anyoneÂ who saw a woman matching this description in the area and anyone who has also had similar callersÂ at their home.
DC Toms said: â€œOften people who commit this type of burglary visit other homes in the area andÂ target elderly people within our communities. I would urge anyone who has received a similar visit
to their home or anyone who saw two suspicious people in the area recently to come forward andÂ assist with this investigation.
â€œI would also urge all residents to follow these crime reduction tips to help keep themselves and theirÂ loved ones safe.â€
Crime prevention tips:
Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Toms, in confidence, on 01582Â 394091, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously,Â on 0800 555 111.