The incident took place in The Rally in Arlesey, between 9am and 9.25am last Friday (3 February). A man had knocked on the front door to ask the occupant whether he could take some of the property left in the front garden, and the victim agreed. A short while later the victim saw the same man enter her garden and take a handbag from inside the kitchen, which was near the back door.
Detective Constable Emma King, investigating, said: “It appears as though this opportunist took advantage of the victim’s kindness in giving away their second-hand items, and seized the chance to steal.
“I would appeal for anyone who has any information about the offence, or was approached by a man in the area on this day, to contact us with information. I’d also like to remind residents about keeping valuables out of sight and ensuring doors and windows are locked when not in use.”
Call DC King on 101, quoting the reference JD/4750/2017, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.