AN elderly woman was left shaken up after a man forced his way into her home and stole her purse.

The worrying incident happened in Greenfield at around 3pm when a stranger arrived her the occupant's home before making his way inside.

Police are warning residents to be careful.

A police spokesman said: "Yesterday at around 3pm an elderly lady in Greenfield had an unknown male at her front door who then entered her property taking her purse.

"The lady is well but was shaken up after the event.

"Please be vigilant when entering and exiting your property."