Elderly woman pushed to the ground, robbed of purse after opening door to stranger

Police say a woman at a Stoney Creek apartment building suffered minor injuries after she opened her door to a stranger who pushed his way inside her home and stole her purse.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital

Hamilton police say an elderly woman was hurt after opening the door to a stranger who stole her purse Saturday afternoon. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Hamilton police say an elderly woman who opened her door to a stranger Saturday was pushed to the ground and had her purse stolen.

The woman lives in an apartment building at 28 King Street West in Stoney Creek, according to investigators.

When she answered the door around 2 p.m. the man pushed his way inside, knocking her to the ground, before grabbing her black and white purse and running away, police say.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Investigators describe the suspect as a white man standing about five feet four inches tall with a medium build. He's believed to be between 35 and 45 years old, was clean shaven and wearing dark clothing, a small black toque and large prescription glasses at the time.

Police believe the theft was random, not targeted. They are reminding residents to be careful around "suspicious people" at their apartment buildings and to not open the door to strangers.