From West Midlands Police:

Birmingham detectives are searching for a man who robbed a 92-year-old woman of her handbag after calling at her Northfield home offering to clear her guttering on Saturday (21 February).

The man, who is in his 40s or 50s, initially turned up on the pensioner’s doorstep at around 3pm, offering his services as a handyman.

The thief offered to clear out the guttering of the woman’s home, on Great Stone Road, and he engaged her in conversation before she then left to go to church.

When the elderly woman returned, at around 6pm, the workman was waiting and followed her into the house, asking for £45 payment for works carried out.

His victim went to fetch his money, in good faith, but not content with the payment he pushed the woman over and grabbed her bag before running off when she started to scream out for help.

Sergeant Dean Gordon, from Birmingham South acquisitive crime team, said: “This was a cruel and heartless attack on an elderly woman in her own home.

“The robber preyed on his victim’s trusting, good nature and not content with taking money for questionable work he has used this ploy as means to enter her home and use force against her to steal her handbag.

“Thankfully she was not badly harmed but was shocked and very upset by what happened to her.

“We now urge anyone who was in the area of Great Stone Road on Saturday afternoon to call us as they may have seen the man hanging around, between 3pm and 6.30pm, and could have information that proves crucial in identifying the offender.”

The robber is described as a white man, aged in his mid 40s to 50s, with a lean look, and he was wearing a dark coloured jacket.

Anyone with information should call Birmingham South investigation team by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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