Cheshire Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Northwich.
The man called at a property on Prospect Drive, Northwich, on Friday 1 December 2017 and offered to carry out work on the roof.
The elderly homeowner was persuaded to let the man inside and as they spoke in the kitchen another man searched rooms upstairs.
A visitor interrupted their activities and both men quickly fled the property.
Detective Constable Paul Matchett said: “We are determined to bring the men who targeted a vulnerable man in his own home to justice.
“This was a callous crime and I urge anyone with information that may help with our ongoing investigation to come forward.
“We are particularly keen to speak to the man in the image. He is believed to be travelling around so if you see him or have any information regarding his whereabouts please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 351 of 1 December 2017, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to urge people not to let anyone you don’t know into your home who calls unexpectedly.
“If you choose to open your door make sure you have it on the chain and ask for identification.
“If the caller doesn’t show identification simply close the door.
“If they do show identification check that it is genuine by calling the phone number provided while they wait outside behind a closed front door.
“Don’t let someone in if you have any doubts about them being genuine. Instead ask them to come back another time when you are not alone.”
For further crime reduction advice visit www.cheshire.police.uk.