DETECTIVES are hunting a robber who followed a pensioner home after befriending him in the street.
The 90-year-old man was targeted by the thief after he became confused about where he was.
Police say the pensioner was walking alone in Blackpool town centre when the robber offered to help him to a bus stop opposite Funny Girls on Dickson Road.
They both boarded the number one bus to Cleveleys and got off at Rossall Road near Beach Avenue.
When the elderly man became distressed about where he was, a passing Good Samaritan offered to give him a lift home.
The other man also got in the car under the pretence of being his friend.
When they got to the pensioner’s home on Allandale Avenue in Cleveleys, the robber forced his way inside and stole several hundred pounds.
Det Sgt Alex Myers, from Fleetwood CID, said: “The offence is particularly nasty due to the offender targeting and befriending a 90-year-old victim.
“When the Good Samaritan gave the pensioner and the other man a lift, he didn’t realise he would present himself as an offender.
“It’s awful that someone could target someone in their own home and we are keen to find the offender.
“Anyone who may recognise the description of him is urged to contact the police.”
The offence took place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 15.
Police say the victim is “fine” and a victim support officer is keeping an eye on him.
The offender is described as a dark skinned man who is in his 40s.
He is of slim build, around 6ft 1in tall and he spoke with southern, cockney accent.
Anyone who has any information should call the police on (01253) 876611 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.