POLICE have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to talk to about a shop theft in South Tyneside.
Officers want to trace the woman in connection with a bag being stolen from a wheelchair-bound customer in B&M Bargains in North Street, South Shields.
The theft happened between 1.30pm and 1.35pm on Friday.
Police say the 80-year-old victim was being pushed around the store in the wheelchair by a relative when the carer let go to pick an item off a shelf.
The offender seized that opportunity to unzip the bag hanging on the back of the wheelchair, stealing a purse containing a quantity of cash.
Anyone who recognises the person in the image or who witnessed the theft is being asked to come forward.
People can contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 579 04/04/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.