FRAUDSTERS claiming to be water board officials stole cash and jewellery from a Stafford pensioner’s home.
A thief knocked on the door of the 79- year-old woman’s Surrey Road property claiming he needed to check her water.
While in the kitchen he closed the door, allowing a second man to get in.
They left with a stash of jewellery, including a diamond gold ring, a gold wishbone ring and a rose gold Victorian gate bracelet.
They also took a gold bar pearl brooch, a gold pendant and curblink chain and a gold rectangular locket, gold wishbone ring, a gold rope chain and gold pearl ring.
The man is described as white, in his 50s, 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins, of medium build, with an Irish accent. He wore a dark cap and a beige bomber jacket.
The burglary has prompted warnings from police as thieves targeted a pensioner in Meadow Road, Barlaston, on the same day but left empty-handed after being asked to leave by the 84-year old woman.
The first man is described as white, 5ft 6ins, of average build, with short fair hair and a round face. He had a Stoke accent and wore a dark, casual jacket.
The second man was white, 5ft 10ins, slightly heavier and aged 30 to 35, with medium length dark hair and he wore black, casual clothing.
Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.