POLICE are appealing for help after heartless thieves robbed a vulnerable elderly woman in her Kirkcaldy home.
The brave lady, who is in her seventies, told The Press she is now very wary of answering the door after the incident last Tuesday.
Between 12.30 and 1.30 p.m two men called at her house, distracted her and stole a two-figure sum of money.
The woman said: “They came to the door and said they were from the Water Board. I didn’t ask them for ID - I just didn’t think tot. They said they wanted to check the water and asked me to go into the kitchen, turn the tap on and watch the water running. They told me to just stay in the kitchen.
“My purse was lying on the couch in the living room. They came through and said everything was fine and left.
‘‘It wasn’t until about an hour afterwards, I was looking in my purse and noticed the money was gone. I have a friend who comes to see me , I phoned and told him what happened and he called the police.”
She added: “It is terrible that someone could do this. I am now very wary of answering the door, you can’t trust anyone.
‘‘I hope the police manage to get hold of them, I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Police have described the men as being aged between 21 and 40 and wearing dark clothing.
They advise people to be aware of ‘cold callers’ and to contact a local tradesman via Yellow Pages or Fife Council’s Trusted Trader Scheme if they need work carried out.
Lynda Crombie, Kirkcaldy community sergeant, said: “The people who commit this sort of despicable crime prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities.
‘‘These are not victimless crimes. They affect real people, decent people. The victim in this case is a lovely lady who deserves better.
“We will do our very best to bring the perpetrators to justice.
‘‘If anyone sees something suspicious in their street, or indeed people who are strange to the area at a vulnerable neighbour’s house, call the police. We will be hapy to check it out.”