An elderly woman was restrained by a thief in her own home while two others raided her home of electrical items and cash.
Detectives in Rotherham investigating the burglary on Carlisle Street, Rotherham town centre, last week are appealing for information today.
A man claiming to be calling at homes to check gas cookers walked into the victim’s kitchen at 1pm on Wednesday, July 2.
He began looking at her cooker and the victim tried to make a phone call. The offender then grabbed her wrist and took the phone from her.
He continued to restrain her until two other men came downstairs and the trio left the property.
They had stolen numerous items of jewellery as well as electrical items and cash.
The victim suffered pain and bruising to her wrists.
The man who grabbed her wrists is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, and of medium build. He was wearing a long-sleeve white shirt, dark trousers and brown gloves.
One of the men who had been upstairs is described as around 5ft 10ins tall and of slim build. He was also wearing gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number C/63279/14.