Pregnant Manchester hair washing purse thief sought

A pregnant woman who tricked her way into a Manchester pensioner's home and proceeded to wash her hair and steal the victim's purse is sought by police.

The woman approached the 89-year-old as she stood at her front door on Brunswick Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, on Saturday evening.

The thief told the woman she needed to use her toilet and then went to wash her hair in the kitchen, police said.

She then sat next to the victim on a sofa, stole her purse and fled.

'Absolutely desperate'

Police said the thief rifled through the elderly woman's pockets to find the purse after the victim had asked her to leave.

Det Insp 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."

The thief is described as white and of skinny build.

She had a thin face with yellow skin, dark hair in a pony tail and was wearing a dark short jacket and jeans.

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