He approached the 80-year-old woman as she neared the junction of Front Street and Back Lane, heading away from the town centre, at around midday today (Tuesday 7 June) and asked her if she had change for the phone. As she looked for change the man distracted her and stole £100 in £20 notes from the purse.
The only description of the man is that he was clean shaven and spoke with a foreign accent. He was driving a dirty pick up style vehicle.
Police Constable Lindsey Midgley, of the Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is an utterly despicable offence against a vulnerable member of our community.
“I urge anyone who witnessed the theft or knows anything about the thief who committed it to contact me immediately.”
If you have any information about the theft or can help to identify the thief please contact PC Lindsey Midgley at Thirsk Police Station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110093256. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.