A man posing as the friend of a 75-year-old woman's son, stole 100gm gold jewellery and `85,000 in cash from her house at Netaji Nagar in Salem Tabri on Tuesday.
The victim, Sitawanti, was unable to move because of a fractured leg.
In his complaint, Dr Ravinder Kumar, son of the victim, said he was at his clinic when an unidentified man came to their house. His wife, who is a teacher, was away to school. Therefore, his mother was alone at home.
Sitawanti said the miscreant, who was aged nearly 25 and had an average built, introduced himself as the friend of her son and entered the house saying that he had come to return some money that he owed her son.
While talking to her, the miscreant requested that he wished to see the plaster of paris (POP) work on the ceiling of a room inside, and entered that room for a while, before leaving the house.
Sitawanti said after the miscreant left, she walked slowly towards the room to switch off the light, and was shocked to see doors of the almirah open. She immediately sounded her son, who reached home and found that 100gm gold jewellery and `85,000 in cash were missing from the almirah.
Dr Kumar said the miscreant was aware about the house's layout and the place where they used to keep almirah keys. On inquiring, neighbours told him that they had seen a man entering their house after parking his scooter outside the house.
The Salem Tabri police reached the spot and initiated investigation to register a case against the unidentified accused.