A 90-year-old woman was the latest victim of bogus callers.
And police believe a blue Rover spotted at the scene in Dewsbury could help trace the men responsible.
Two men called at the woman’s home in Reservoir Street, Westborough, on Tuesday lunchtime telling the woman they needed to carry out urgent building repairs.
She walked outside with one of the men and while she was distracted the second man sneaked into the house and carried out a search.
The woman realised what was happening and the pair fled empty-handed. She was left shaken but unhurt.
Detectives are continuing to urge the public to make relatives, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, aware that bogus officials remain on the prowl.
Det Insp Ian Thornes, of Kirklees CID, said: “This is the latest in a spate of distraction burglaries where the victim, usually an elderly woman, is approached and her attention is diverted while a second suspect enters the home.
“In this instance the pair posed as builders and one of them spoke with the woman which allowed an opportunity for a second man to sneak into the house.
“Nothing was stolen. We have been told a blue X-registered Rover could be linked to this crime and we urge anyone with information to come forward. Perhaps you were also approached by the pair but did not let them in to your home.”
The suspects were both white. The first man was aged 20-30, 6ft tall, had light brown short hair and wore a horizontal striped grey, pink and blue top and blue jeans.
His accomplice was about 55, 5ft 7in tall, stocky and had a moustache and blonde hair. He wore a blue shirt and blue jeans. The attempted burglary happened at between 11.45am and 12.20pm.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
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