A cash box was snatched from a security man as he made a delivery at a bank.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the theft in Lower Street, Pulborough, yesterday (May 21) at 11.50am.
The cash box was grabbed from a man working for G4S near to the Barclays Bank branch.
The box was found empty a short time later in a field near Rectory Lane.
Detective constable Laura Sinden said: "The suspect was seen leaving the scene heading towards the station and the A29 wearing a dark blue hoody with their hood up.
“We are not sure at this stage whether the suspect was a man or a woman as the victim did not get a clear view.
“We are appealing for witnesses to anyone who was in the area who might have seen anything suspicious is asked to call us on 101 quoting serial 561 of 21/5."