A PAIR of crooks worked together to steal a woman’s purse from her handbag at a supermarket.

In CCTV footage the suspects appear to crowd around an 85-year-old woman as she looks in a refrigerated section to distract her.

One woman then uses her scarf to hide her hand as she steals her purse from her handbag.

The theft happened at a Tesco store in Uckfield on February 13.

This is one of a series of thefts at supermarkets in Uckfield since the beginning of the year.

The women are described as white, in their 30s, both with dark long hair. One was wearing a black coat with a yellow and black scarf and an across the body handbag. The second female wore a brown coat, dark trousers with Chelsea style ankle boots.

Anyone who recognises them or have any information to help is asked to contact police online quoting serial 628 of 13/02.