A bogus caller was rumbled when his 84-year-old intended victim became suspicious.
The pensioner had been duped into letting the man into his Sundon Park Road, Luton, home on February 4, but then challenged him for ID.
The man had claimed he was from the electricity board.
He went to a cupboard and removed a fuse from the circuit before being challenged.
Unable to verify his identity the man fled the scene empty handed.
He is described as white, 5’10” tall with a slim build and dark hair.
He wore a blue anorak with a zip on the neck, dark trousers and black training shoes. He introduced himself as ‘Jimmy’.
Detective Constable Surfraz Hussain, is keen to speak with anyone who can help identify the offender and also remind residents to be cautious when letting people in to their homes.
He said: “Often people who commit this type of burglary visit other homes in the area and target elderly people within our communities.
“I would urge anyone who has received a similar visit to come forward and assist with this investigation.