Two men in the bushes of a house in Downs Road, Luton on Wednesday, claimed they were looking for a cat to distract homeowners while one of the men then went inside the property and stole a handbag belonging to the occupant.
The handbag was later found discarded in a garden, however cash had been stolen from inside.
One of the men is described as white, aged about 50, with short grey hair and blue jeans.
The second man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, with short dark hair and a goatee beard.
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