A man tried to rob a woman outside the Working Men’s Club on Sheep Street in Northampton town centre.
The attempted robbery happened on Friday, February 5 at about 1pm when the man approached the victim to ask for change for a parking meter.
A police spokeswoman said: “As she was looking in her purse he took a £10 note out and concealed what he was doing by putting a leaflet over his hand.
“The victim shouted at him and retrieved her money.”
The man is described as olive skinned, about 6ft, aged about 30 with a slim build and short dark hair.
He was wearing dark clothing.
Witness or anyone with information about this crime can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, they can use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org