THIEVES escaped with cash after tricking their way into an 86-year-old man's home.
Police believe the intruders had tried to strike before at another house and need to speak to anyone who saw them.
The two men called at the victim's home on Poplar Terrace, Moldgreen, at 1pm on Wednesday.
One talked about cats being in the victim's back garden, so he invited the man through the house into the garden where the stranger kept the victim chatting.
Meanwhile, his accomplice slipped in, searched drawers and a cupboard and stole cash.
A man who lives nearby saw the intruder in the house and knocked on the victim's window to alert him.
When they realised they had been spotted the thieves quickly left.
Police say they tried to get into a house at The Avenue in Moldgreen earlier, but were turned away.
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield police, said: "Thieves who target the old like this are despicable and we would appeal to the public for any help or information they can give us to help this inquiry.
"The neighbour did the right thing to take action as soon as he saw strangers in the house and we would urge people across the town to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours."
The thief who distracted the elderly man is white, aged about 30, just over 6ft with untidy short brown hair. He spoke with an accent that could be Irish or Australian.
He wore a beige zip-up fleece, purple woollen gloves, blue jeans and black shoes.
His accomplice is white, in his mid 20s, 5ft 8ins with short straight brown hair.
He wore a dark blue parka-type coat with a fur hood.
Anyone who knows who they are should contact Pc Mark Lunn on 01484 436659.