A couple removed £100 from an elderly man's wallet after following him out of a supermarket.
Police are appealing for help identifying the man and woman in connection with the distraction theft, which took place at Sainsbury's in Braintree.
The incident took place on November 25, but CCTV showing the suspects has only recently become available.
The victim was followed out of the supermarket, in Tofts Walk, at about 10am, before being distracted by the couple, who are believed to have driven away in a white Vauxhall Astra.
The man is described as wearing a light-coloured flat cap and was about 30-years-old.
The woman wore a woolly hat and multi-coloured leggings.
Anyone with information is asked to call Dc Kayli Iron at Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.