A FAGIN-STYLE thief took a boy with him when he tricked his way into the homes of elderly people.
The pair called at the home of an 86-year-old man on Poplar Terrace, Moldgreen, at 9am on Thursday.
They claimed to be from an old people's home and asked if he wanted to look at a brochure about the home.
He let them in and the boy then asked to go to the toilet twice.
The victim spotted the man trying to get into a sideboard and when he said he was going to call the police the two intruders left.
They had stolen a direct line free-standing care phone.
The same thieves are also thought to have struck at the home of an 80-year-old woman on Wakefield Road, Waterloo, at 4pm the same day.
This time they pretended to be from Yorkshire Water and were there to check the radiators.
She let them in and she took them upstairs to check radiators in bedrooms.
When they had left, the victim discovered that four watches had been stolen.
Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said: "These two would have stood out and they may have tried to con their way into other homes.
"Did anyone else see them? They may have been in the Wakefield Road area for quite some time on Thursday."
Both thieves were white.
The boy is aged about 15, 5ft tall and slim with short brown hair. He was smartly-dressed.
The man was also white, aged 30 to 40, 5ft 10in to 6ft tall and slim with very dark brown hair. He was smartly-dressed in a brown sports jacket and open-necked shirt.
Contact Pc David Robinson on 01484 436664.