BOGUS officials have made it a weekend of misery for elderly people across Huddersfield.
One trickster was a woman who pretended to be a home care assistant, another two were bogus water workers and a third reckoned to be a window cleaner collecting cash for his rounds.
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield police, said: "It is unusual for someone to pretend to be a home care assistant to trick their way into someone's home.
"The woman responsible for these crimes clearly has a knowledge of how the system works and used terminology familiar to the victims."
The bogus home care assistant called at a 90-year-old woman's house on Fenay Drive, Fenay Bridge, at 5pm on Friday.
She said her car had broken down in Waterloo. After drying herself off in front of the fire, she asked where the victim's commode was so she could clean it.
But she stole a red leather purse containing money.
At 3.30pm on Saturday she went to an 86-year-old woman's home in Wakefield Road, Dalton.
This victim was suspicious because it was not her usual home care assistant.
But eventually the thief was allowed in.
After buttering some bread, she asked where the commode was and was told it was in a bedroom. She went in and searched through drawers. It is not known if anything was stolen.
The thief is white, in her 20s, about 5ft 5in and very slim, with dark hair. She wore a black kagool in Fenay Bridge and a long, dark dress in Dalton.
A man tricked his way into an elderly couple's home in Friar Place, Bradley, at 3.50pm on Saturday by pretending to be a water worker.
Reluctantly, the couple, who are both in their 80s, allowed him in, but the woman became suspicious.
She challenged the man and he left, but he had stolen her purse.
Another man was waiting outside.
The same men are thought to have got into an 81-year-old woman's home on Virginia Road, Marsh, at 5.30pm on Friday.
They said they were there to check reports of a water leak and asked her to turn the tap on in the kitchen.
After they had gone, she found a bedroom had been searched and money stolen.
Both men are white and wore navy blue trousers and navy blue, hooded tops.
One is aged about 30 with short brown hair. The other is younger.
A man called at an 83-year-old woman's home in Croftlands, Newsome, at 3.30pm on Friday claiming to be her window cleaner and collecting money for his rounds.
She gave him £2.50 and he then asked for a drink. When she went to make him one, he stole some money from her pension book.
He is white, in his mid- 30s and wore a long, hooded anorak.