Bogus police officers left a 92-year-old woman with severe bruising after ‘restraining her’ as they raided her home.
The man and woman called at the pensioner’s flat in Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham, claiming to be from South Yorkshire Police.
But the duo then pushed the frail OAP into her home and, while the man restrained her, his accomplice ransacked the property.
The pair escaped with about £400 in cash, while the victim was left with badly bruised arms.
Detective Inspector Steve Ashmore, from Rotherham CID, who is overseeing the police investigation, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for an elderly member of the community and we’re providing all relevant support to the woman.
“It appears to be an isolated incident, but that’s no consolation to the victim who sustained significant bruising to her arms.
“To trick your way into someone’s home is devious and calculated, but then to restrain a pensioner and take cash from her purse is a despicable act.
“House-to-house and forensic inquiries continue and I urge anyone with information to contact us.”
The male robber is described as white, about 5ft 10in, stocky, with a round face and a thick grey moustache.
The woman is described as white, about 5ft 4in and slim.
Both wore blue anoraks, with their hoods up, and spoke with local accents.
Police are warning residents to always check the identity of callers before opening their doors.
The force said genuine officials will usually make appointments beforehand and will not object to residents calling their firms to confirm their identity.
* Witnesses or anyone with information about Saturday’s robbery, which took place at about 6.50pm, are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 967 of February 8.