A WOMAN aged 98 was pushed by a thug who forced his way into her house and stole her purse in a frightening ordeal.
The OAP answered a knock at the door of her home on Norton Lane, Norton, Sheffield and was confronted by a round-faced white man who barged his way in, knocking her out of the way.
He shoved the elderly woman in her back and searched her home for valuables to steal, before fleeing with her handbag and purse.
Police said the pensioner survived the ordeal physically unharmed, but was left feeling very shaken.
Detective Inspector Chris Singleton, of South Yorkshire Police, who is leading the hunt for the robber, said: “This was a particularly intrusive crime and a very distressing incident for the victim.”
The thug was white, in his early 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall, with a round face.
DI Singleton urged all householders to be vigilant about security.
“I would encourage people to take the usual precautions - by keeping their doors locked at all times, thinking about whether they are expecting anyone to call, looking through the window before answering the door, and avoiding opening the door at all to strangers.
“If they must open the door, use a door chain.
“We are appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident, or who can help us find the person responsible, to contact the police.”
n Anyone in the area who saw anything suspicious, or who has information about the incident at 7.10pm on Sunday, January 22, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 1,051.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.