A man tricked his way into a house in Corby by pretending to be a builder.
The man knocked on the door of a house in Shetland Way in the town at about 3.15pm on Monday, September 22.
He convinced the elderly woman who opened the door to let him in by saying he was a builder.
He then looked around several rooms before leaving.
The following day, the woman noticed her purse had been taken from her handbag.
The man was aged between 30 and 40, had dark hair and wore blue dungarees and a light-blue top.
He who was white, about 5ft 6in, had a Scottish accent and was driving a white van which had black writing on the side.
Witnesses or anyone with any information about the incident can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.