Police said at 2.10pm on Tuesday, November 22 a 64-year old house owner heard a noise and entered the living room just in time to see a man carrying away a plastic beer bottle in which she was collecting spare cash with an estimated worth of some £100.
She challenged him but he ran away through the front door, which had been forced to gain entry, according to police.
They did not come into physical contact.
The suspect is described by police as white, in his late twenties, about 5’10” to 6’, wearing dark blue chinos and a round neck blue jumper.
Detective constable Jon Berisford said; “If you think you know this man, or if you have any other information, please report online to https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ quoting serial 759 of 22/11.”