POLICE are hunting a handyman who robbed a 92-year-old Northfield woman of her handbag.
The raider, believed to be his 40s or 50s, initially turned up on the pensioner’s doorstep about 3pm on Saturday (February 21) offering to clear out the guttering of her home, on Great Stone Road.
The pair had a conversation before the woman left to go to church.
When the pensioner returned, about 6pm, the workman was waiting and followed her into the house asking for £45 for the works he had carried out.
The woman went to fetch his money, in good faith, but the man was not content with the payment so he pushed her over and grabbed her bag before running off which is when she began to scream for help.
The robber was a lean white man and was wearing a dark coloured jacket.
Sgt Dean Gordon, from Birmingham South’s acquisitive crime team, said: “This was a cruel and heartless attack on an elderly woman in her own home.
“The robber preyed on his victim’s trusting, good nature and not content with taking money for questionable work he has used this ploy as means to enter her home and use force against her to steal her handbag.
“Thankfully she was not badly harmed but was shocked and very upset by what happened to her.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.