The burglary took place in Corringham when the man knocked on the door of a bungalow on Lampits Hill Avenue shortly after 1:30pm on Friday, December 27, stating that another property at the end of her road was flooded and that he needed to enter her home to switch off the water.
The householder allowed the man indoors, but while they were both in the kitchen he asked her to go to her bathroom to switch the tap on in there. However, while she walked off he then went into her bedroom and stole some cash and her handbag before walking out.
Investigating Officer, Dc Suzanne O’Neill, said: “This man is somebody’s partner, son, brother or potentially father and so we urge them to contact us with his name. We want him off the streets so that he doesn’t have a chance to target another elderly, vulnerable person. We also hope that sightings of his distinctive car will trigger people into calling us with its location.”
The man in the efit is described as white, aged in his late 20s, is approximately 5ft 4ins tall, spoke with an Irish accent and drove away in a gold Mercedes car.
Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Grays police station on 101.