Police are appealing for witnesses following a bogus workman incident in Bonnyrigg over the weekend.
The incident happened 6.45pm on Sunday, August 9 at an address in Polton Street.
An 80-year-old woman was within her home when a male claiming to be offering gardening services asked to use her bathroom.
The suspect was then found within the victim’s bedroom and asked to leave.
A short time later the woman found that two empty purses had been stolen and contacted police.
Anyone who can assist officers with their ongoing inquiries is asked to come forward.
The suspect is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall with a broad build and fair/ginger-coloured hair and stubble. He was wearing a stained grey top, jeans and trainers.
Inspector Andy Toombs said: “We believe this male may have been offering gardening services to other homes in the area prior to this incident and anyone who can help identify him should contact police immediately.
“Fortunately the victim in this incident was not injured and nothing of value was stolen from her home.
“Nevertheless, we are conducting various local inquiries to trace the suspect and any with information relevant to this investigation is also urged to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.