THIEVES burgled an elderly man's home after tricking him into thinking they were from the water board. 

Two men stole a wallet, bank cards and jewellery from the victims property in Hunters Court, Woodley on February 17 between 11.30am and 1.30pm.

They later used the bank cards to withdraw money from the 79-year-old's accounts.

One of the burglars distracted the man by saying there had been a leak in a neighbouring property and that they needed to access the victim's home to turn off the water supply. 

He then escorted the the victim to the kitchen while the other suspect searched the house and stole his valuables. 

The first thief was a white man believed to be in his 60s, of stocky build with short brown hair. He wore a blue polo top with some embroidery on the left hand side.

The second offender was also a white man, around 40-years-old and of smaller build. He was wearing grey trousers at the time of the incident. 

The victim was not injured during the incident. 

Investigating officer, PC Mike Parker from the Investigation Hub at Loddon Valley, said: "I would like to appeal for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or can provide further information about the offender, that may assist this investigation.

"I would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual in this area around the time of the incident."

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '43180039433', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.