Police want to speak to two men in connection with a spate of thefts across supermarkets in Sussex, with nearly £20,000 believed to have been stolen from victims.

There have been a number of incidents in which shoppers have been watched while entering their PIN numbers.

Purses and wallets have then been stolen as customers leave stores, with large amounts of cash then being drawn from nearby machines before the victims are aware.

Investigator Kayleigh Bartup said:

“We are also working with the large supermarket brands to raise awareness about these incidents among staff and customers.

“Be alert and aware of strangers when shopping in large supermarkets and never leave your bag or trolley unattended at any point.

“Try not to be distracted by strangers, and also be alert for any suspicious activity around your vehicle which you should keep secured.”

Police have released a CCTV image of the two men wanted in connection.

Police want to speak to these two men.

The image was taken at Sainsbury’s in Worthing on June 20.

The men are described as of Eastern European appearance, one bald and the other with dark hair.

Police said since November last year there have been 22 reports in the county.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 47170066290.