Northallerton police are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in the town.
It occurred at 11.30am on Saturday 27 October 2012, at an address in Priory Close. The thief entered the elderly resident's home and introduced himself as "Mary's cousin" before asking to use the toilet and for a cup of coffee. When the homeowner returned from the kitchen the man had left. A short time later the victim realised a wallet and purse containing around £120 were missing.
The suspect is described as a white man aged in his twenties. He is around 6ft tall with a medium build. At the time he was wearing a light blue anorak, tracksuit bottoms and gloves.
PC Quita Passmore, of Northallerton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This is a truly despicable crime. Targeting an elderly and vulnerable victim is a callous act.
"If you can help to identify the thief you must contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately."
Anyone who can help with this enquiry is asked to contact Northallerton police on 101, press option 2 and ask for Quita Passmore. Alternatively information can be emailed to email@example.com.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12120181278.
2.30pm - 29 October 2012