MONEY and jewellery were stolen from a 70-year-old man in a distraction burglary in Wath.
Police said the offender had knocked on the door of the New Winterwell property, claiming to be lost.
After gaining entry, he asked for a phonebook and began searching for valuables when the resident went to look.
A police spokesman said: “It is believed the 70-year-old then found the man in the bedroom and challenged him, causing the man to flee from the property.
“A quantity of money and items of jewellery with sentimental value were taken during the burglary.”
The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall, slim, with dark brown hair. He spoke with a local accent, was clean shaven and wore a black coat, dark bottoms and dark gloves.
The incident happened at 4pm last Wednesday. Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 631 of December 13.
You can also pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
South Yorkshire Police tips to protect yourself from distraction burglaries:
- Lock your back door and close windows before you answer the door
- Use a spy hole and chain to check who the caller is before you answer
- Ask to see the caller's ID, even if they have made an appointment to see you, and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine
- Never leave the door open and unattended - close it until you return
- Ask the caller to return another time when someone can be with you.