Cash has been stolen from a pensioner as he walked through a shopping centre in Washington.
The 80-year-old was in The Galleries when two men snatched a bag he was carrying.
The bag contained money he had withdrawn from a cash machine shortly before the theft which happened about 11.40am on Wednesday. One of the men is described as around 5ft 10 ins, skinny, with black hair and wearing a grey and black checked puffa jacket and tracksuit bottoms.
The second is described as around 30-35 years old, stocky, about 6ft with stubble and short black hair. He was wearing mid blue jeans, black trainers or shoes, a black quilted Barbour style jacket and grey and black checked scarf with white lines.
The victim was not injured.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "An elderly man has had money stolen from him which at any time of the year is distressing but so close to Christmas it is particularly so. We need to trace the offenders and would ask anyone who has information that may help to please contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 580 161215 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.