A DOORSTEP trickster has struck twice in Batley.
A man claimed to be a workman to con his way into two homes in Staincliffe at Wednesday lunchtime.
The thief stole a purse from one but left the other empty-handed after the victim asked to see his ID.
The thief went to his van, but never returned.
He is white, in his 30s and about 5ft 5in tall. He is stocky, with dark hair.
He wore a thick grey or beige jumper with flecks on the front.
A police spokesman said people should always check the identification of unexpected callers.
Anyone with information about the bogus workman should phone Pc Linda Hardcastle on 01924 431059.