Distraction burglars in Worcester told an elderly man they could help fix a missing tile on his roof, before asking to use the toilet and then stealing around £11,000 in cash from a tin in the bedroom wardrobe.
It happened on Thursday 3 July at around 12pm on Bromwich Road.
And in a separate incident an elderly lady in Redditch had her purse stolen when a man tapped on her window and asked if she would like some gardening done. When the purse was placed on the window ledge the suspect took money from it before running off.
Police want people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and to warn them of the dangers.
A promising teenage athlete has been jailed for four years following a string of gunpoint robberies in a Birmingham park in June last year.
West Midlands Police have released footage of the high speed pursuit of a Wolverhampton gang member who stole almost £40,000 in cigarettes.
A robber from Birmingham who took a picture of his stairs carpeted with all the cash he had stolen has been jailed for eight years.