Police are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Chichester.
At around 7.30pm on Friday (December 2), a man called at the home of an elderly woman in her 70s in Henty Gardens.
He told the victim he was repairing a leak next door and wanted to check that her property was not affected.
The offender entered the house and left a short time after. The woman later realised her handbag was missing, which included her purse and bank cards.
Later that evening the victim received a call from a man claiming to be from her bank and asking for her PIN. She called police and then contacted her bank.
The man who called at the door is described as in his mid-50s, clean shaven and with light brown, thinning hair.
Detective constable Claire Daysh of Chichester CID said: “A genuine caller from a bank will never ask for your PIN. In this case the victim realised straight away that something was wrong and cancelled her bank cards.
“Never let anyone into your home if you are suspicious about their reasons for calling. Do not be afraid to ask to see ID or phone their company from a number listed in a telephone directory to check their identity.
“If in doubt, don’t let them into your home.”
Anyone who may have witnessed a man acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1802 of 2/12 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.