The victim, aged in her 80s, was shopping in Wilkinson’s store on High Street in Northallerton on the morning of Monday April 13 when she was approached by a group of three men and one woman.
One of the men started talking to her and while she was distracted her purse was stolen from her shopping basket.
Police want to speak to the man and woman shown in the images and are appealing to members of the public to contact them if they can help identify them.
They also want to speak to anyone who may have found a discarded mustard yellow purse.
The man who spoke to the woman is described as having olive skin and spoke with an eastern European accent.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Paul Fricker or email [email protected]