Two gold necklaces were stolen from around a woman’s neck by two women in Shirebrook.
The thieves approached the woman, 79, on Langwith Road and asked her for directions in broken English before putting a necklace around her neck.
When they took the necklace off, they took with it the woman’s two gold chains before making off with them.
The incident happened between 3.20pm and 3.30pm on Saturday, September 7.
The woman are described as of Asian or eastern European descent and one was wearing a grey headscarf.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime to call 101, and are urging others to be vigilant.