An 88-year-old had his wallet stolen as he tended to a grave in a cemetery in North Shields.
The incident happened in Preston Cemetery between midday and 1.30pm on Sunday, June 2.
The man left his jacket on a bench as he tended to a grave and his wallet was stolen from it while he was distracted.
Geoff Cross, neighbourhood inspector, said: "This is a particularly disgusting crime bearing in mind the victim was attending a grave when the offender has struck.
"We had a similar incident in the park when an elderly woman was targeted. We have stepped up patrols..as a precaution..."
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 extension 69191.