Chris Lyttle said: “I am shocked at the callous nature of this burglary. This was a cowardly crime carried out against a woman in her own home. I offer my full support to this lady and her family at this time.
“The public must be vigilant to any such attempt to gain entry to their house. If the person who knocks on your door is a genuine police officer or member of another service then they will be only too happy to show identification. If they do not have correct identification then you should not let them into your house and you should report them to the police.
“I would urge anybody with any information in relation to this crime to contact the police.”