A SWEATY thief posed as a council workman to trick his way into a 77-year-old woman's flat.
The cruel conman then preyed on the woman's kindness to steal her cash.
He called at the ground- floor flat on Church Street in Paddock at 4.45pm on Monday.
He said he was a council workman and talked his way in.
But once he was inside, she became suspicious and told him she had nothing worth stealing.
The man began to sweat profusely and said he was having an asthma attack.
He asked for a cup of tea, but when the woman went to make him one he stole her handbag and left.
The intruder is white, aged about 50 and 5ft 5in, with short, greying hair.
He wore a long, dark coat, an open-necked shirt, dark trousers and black shoes.
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield police, today made a direct plea to elderly people.
"Please do not let strangers into your home, no matter who they claim to be," he said.
"Always make sure you have seen a proper identification card or, better still, ask them to come back when a friend, relative or neighbour can be with you."
Anyone with information about the conman should phone Pc Peter Warwick on 01484 436664.