An intruder posing as a water board worker managed to gain access to an elderly woman's home by telling her there had been an explosion.
Police have issued a warning about distraction-type burglaries after the incident happened in the Ballybeen area of Dundonald on Friday, July 12.
A PSNI spokesman said that shortly before 11am, an 85-year-old woman answered a knock at her door.
"A man claiming to be from the water board told her there had been an explosion further up the street," he added.
"He said he needed to check her water to see if debris had got into the water supply which would have been dangerous."
The pensioner brought the man into her kitchen where he told her he needed to turn off the stop cock.
"He then told her to go outside and watch the kitchen drain for debris, which she did," the spokesman added.
"After a few minutes the lady returned to her kitchen where she disturbed the man and another male going through her cupboards. The men made off, it is believed, at this stage, empty-handed."
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who can help with their inquiries into the incident.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who noticed any unusual activity in the area is asked to contact detectives at Castlereagh CID on 0845 600 8000.