Police are warning people to guard against rogue traders following a robbery in Northampton.
Two men purporting to be builders called at the home of an elderly couple in Sunderland Street and told them that tiles on their roof needed replacing.
The men then asked the couple to show them upstairs to the area of the house under the part of the roof which was supposedly in need of repair. One of the offenders said he was going to the car to get materials, whilst the other opened a draw in one of the rooms and took a substantial amount of cash before leaving too.
The conmen are described as white, clean-shaven men with a chubby build. One was about 5ft 2ins, around 30-years-old and wore a cap, a grey tracksuit and trainers.
The other is described as aged about 60, 5ft 9ins with grey hair. He wore a cap and a navy shirt and trousers. He was carrying a rolled-up notebook.
Police are asking people to be vigilant and to look out for elderly neighbours and relatives.
Anyone who knows anything about the incident, or who saw suspicious activity in the area this morning, is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. To report a crime in progress, always call 999.
Officers are reminding people not to buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at their door. If the caller is selling something or offering maintenance work on your house or garden, police advise to tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave.
If you have suspicions or concerns that distraction burglars or rogue doorstep traders are operating in your neighbourhood or targeting someone you know, ring the dedicated doorstep crime number on 0345 23 07 702 or go to www.northants.police.uk/doorstepcrime