Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Childs Hill and for an attempted similar offence in Hendon.
The man is alleged to have gained entry into the home of an elderly woman on Crewys Road, Childs Hill, by claiming he was a gas official and that she had a problem with her meter.
But instead he stole her handbag in the incident which happened on the afternoon of March 8 this year.
Police believe the man attempted to commit a similar offence a few few days later on March 13 on the Belle Vue Estate in Hendon, where he is alleged to have knocked on the door of a vulberable resident claiming he needed to borrow a pen.
A police spokesman said: “The victim closed the door, as she is a vulnerable person and had previously had issues with people attempting to gain access to her home.
“The following day, a police officer from Barnet attended the resident’s home to check on the progress of some CCTV cameras that had been installed to help with the resident’s security.
“He was informed by a carer that a man had called the day before and was shown CCTV footage that featured the man engaging the resident in conversation in an apparent attempt to enter her home.”
The suspect is described as white, of medium build, aged around 60, around 5ft 6in tall, with a small grey/white moustache.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet to @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.