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Investigations are underway after a pregnant woman tricked her way into an 89 year old's home in Manchester.
The pensioner was standing at the front door of her home when the pregnant woman approached her and started chatting.
Police said she was carrying shopping bags which she put down in the victim's hallway and said she needed the toilet.
The thief then said she needed to wash her hair and went into the kitchen.
She returned to the living room and sat next to the woman, who felt uncomfortable and asked her to leave, police said.
At this point, the thief rifled through the woman's pockets and stole her purse containing cash, before fleeing the scene.
The pregnant thief struck in Brunswick Street, Chorlton-on-Medloc.
She was white and described as 'skinny', despite being pregnant. She had a thin face with what is said to be 'yellow gaunt skin', dark unwashed hair in a pony tail. She was wearing a dark coloured short jacket, possibly denim, and denim jeans.
Detective Inspector David Turner said:
'The offender must have been absolutely desperate to get her hands on some cash if she is prepared to stoop as low as tricking her way into the home of a vulnerable, elderly woman and then stealing from her.
'The offender is pregnant and therefore will be clearly identifiable, so I want to both warn residents in our communities that this woman may try and do something similar to another elderly person, and also appeal to anyone who can help us find the offender to come forward.'