Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Walt Meachum said the incident occurred at 8 a.m. at Nettie Burkhart's residence.
Meachum said Burkhart, 70, reported the incident to Post 10 at 8:10 a.m. He said she heard a knock at the door. A man at the door said he was from her insurance company. He told her he had come to collect her insurance payment.
"She said she closed the door and went to get him the money. She said he had came in behind her and followed her to the bedroom and took her money," Meachum said. "She said he told her to stay in the bedroom and she had to wait 10 minutes before she could come out. She did what he said, and she came out after 10 minutes and called us."
Meachum said Burkhart didn't know if the perpetrator was on foot or in a vehicle. She was forced to stay in her bedroom and didn't get the opportunity to find out how he fled. A large quantity of money was taken.
KSP Det. Tim Hensley is investigating the incident. The man is described as a white male in his early 30s with a medium build and around 160 pounds. He was around 6 feet tall and had a "burr-type" haircut, which was light brown. He was wearing a dark blue button-down shirt and khaki pants and wearing sunglasses.
Meachum said people should take extra precaution with strangers who approach their property.
"Don't open your door to anyone unless they show some type of identification," Meachum said. "If you feel uneasy about the situation don't have anymore contact with the person. Lock your doors and contact the police immediately."
Meachum said anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Hensley at Post 10 at 573-3131.
In other police news:
-- An alleged fight in Terrys Fork on Sunday landed six people in jail.
Arrested were Alan Harris, 45, on a charge of fourth-degree assault; Alan Matt Harris, 24, on a charge of fourth-degree assault; Timothy Edens, 19, on a charge of second-degree assault; Kiplin R. Edens, 21, on a charge of second-degree assault; Eric Theone Edens, 20, on a charge of second-degree assault and Kevin Weaver, 29, for second-degree assault.
According to police citations, Post 10 received a complaint that Alan Harris was on property belonging to the Edenses, causing a disturbance. It is alleged that Edens told Harris to get out of his vehicle and fight him. Timothy Edens stated that he swung at Harris and struck his vehicle windshield, breaking the glass, and a fight ensued. Harris is alleging that Timothy Edens, Kiplin Edens, Eric Edens and Kevin Weaver struck him with a stick during the fight.
According to citations, it is alleged the Harrises assaulted Timothy Edens, Kiplin Edens and Kevin Weaver with their fists.
Five of the men were arrested by KSP troopers Walt Szczepan and Jim T. Whitaker. Eric Edens was later arrested by Harlan County sheriff's deputy Derrick Noe on a warrant obtained by Harris.
-- Timothy Wayne Hughes II, 24, was arrested for first-degree criminal trespassing and first-degree terroristic threatening. He was arrested by the Benham City Police Department.
-- Charles A. Hubbard, 18, was arrested for first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief and alcohol intoxication. He was arrested by Cumberland City Police officer Daniel Forester.
-- Joseph L. Davidson, 21, was arrested for first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief and alcohol intoxication. He was arrested by Forester.
-- Bradley L. Collins, 26, was arrested for second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested by KSP trooper Jeremy Lee on a warrant. It is alleged that Collins unlawfully entered a residence belonging to Shawn Miller at Wallins and damaged a door by hitting it with a sledgehammer.