A manhunt has been launched after a callous thief posed as a council maintenance worker to steal from an 84-year-old widow .
The thief visited the home in Lawn Garth, Bentley and told the housebound pensioner he needed to check her electrical sockets.
After the man left the woman, who is not being named through fear of being targeted again, discovered her purse containing her bank card and post office pension cards was missing.
The thief used the post office card over the next two days to steal £1,200 out of her account before the account was frozen.
He also used the bank card at an ATM in Carcroft and St James Street,
Her son Rob Johnson, a former teacher at Hall Cross is urging anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “I implore anyone who might recognize the description of this young man to contact police.
“It is something that might happen to your mother or father. This person went straight to a neighbouring address and tried to gain entry there as well, seconds after leaving my mum’s home.
“He has to be caught before he hurts someone who is elderly.”
The thief is described as white, aged 20, around 5ft 7in with fair hair and was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and a scarf/hat that covered some of his face.
Anyone with information about the incident on January 5 at noon should call 101 quoting incident number 233 of January 6 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.