WHEN a teenager stopped and offered to help grandmother Diana Hobman get into her home after she got locked out, she was relieved.
But that turned to anger after the youngster let her in – then fled with her purse.
Retired Mrs Hobman thought the boy was a good samaritan when he came to her aid.
The teenager – who she does not know – offered to help by climbing over her back wall and opening the front door for her.
But the opportunist thief has left the 66-year-old afraid in her own home after stealing from her while her 41-year-old son Stephen, who is profoundly deaf, was upstairs.
Mrs Hobman, of Inhurst Road, North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘He was such an innocent looking young lad.
‘He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
‘It’s awful that a young lad like that can do something like that.’
The boy spotted Mrs Hobman outside her home and asked for a light.
When she explained her plight he jumped over the back wall and Mrs Hobman watched him through glass in the front door while he went straight through to the hall and opened the door. Then he asked for a light again.
Mrs Hobman went to get some matches and returned moments later and gave them to him. Then the boy said ‘is that all?’ and ran off.
A few moments later Mrs Hobman realised her purse containing a small amount of cash and storecards, which was in her open bag on stairs in the hallway, was gone.
She added: ‘I trusted this young, fresh-faced little boy. To do something nice and then go on to do something like that. I hope he’s got a conscience.’
Mrs Hobman reported the incident to police after it happened at 1.15pm on Friday.
Husband Roy, 67, said: ‘I feel our house has been violated because this chap has stolen from it. I would have said he was a good samaritan, and then he did this. It’s other old people I’m worried about. Other people need to be aware of this sort of thing. I’ve never stolen anything from anybody in my life.’
Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the force was alerted to the incident and an area search was carried out but neither the boy or the purse have been found.
The boy is white, aged about 15 or 16 and about 5ft 4in tall. He wore a blue cap, dark T-shirt and shorts, and carried a grey shoulder bag.
Anyone with information should call Hampshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.