It happened between 4.50pm and 5.30pm, on 4 April 2013 when the victim answered the door to two men at her house on Shaw Street, Greenfield.
They claimed they needed to check her water as they were working on the plumbing of a neighbour’s house. While the victim was distracted in the kitchen with one of the offenders, the other sneaked in and stole a purse containing cash and a wedding ring.
After the offenders had left the house, the victim realised someone had been upstairs and removed cash from the bedroom.
It is believed the same pair may have targeted other victims in the area. Earlier that same day a white van was seen circling in the area.
Both offenders were in their 30s, one was white while the other was mixed race. One was wearing a natural coloured raincoat and had dark curly hair while the other was dressed all in black.
Detective Sergeant Paul Cockburn said, “This is another opportunity to remind people to be cautious when opening the door to anyone they don’t know. People should put the chain on the door and ask them who they are and what they want.
“People without an appointment or identification should be treated as suspicious. Don’t let them in your home, tell them to go away and don’t be afraid to call the police if you have any concerns.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8825 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.