POLICE are trying to trace a woman caught on a casino camera in connection with the theft of two purses.
Detectives believe bank cards in the purses were used to pay for hotel stays in Hartlepool and Yarm.
They had both been stolen between 7.30pm and 11pm on Friday, February 3.
The first was from a handbag at the Castle & Anchor pub on Stockton High Street and the second from a handbag at the 104 restaurant on Yarm High Street.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The cards inside the purses were then used fraudulently to obtain cash and services worth in excess of £1,000.
“It is believed the money may have been used to pay for accommodation in hotels in Hartlepool and Yarm.”
The woman (pictured) is described as aged around 50 years old, approximately 5ft 3in to 5ft 6in tall, plump and with shoulder-length, brown hair.
Police say she may have been speaking with a fake Scottish accent and had been in the Grosvenor Casino, in Chandler’s Wharf, Stockton.
The woman is also thought to have been seen in the Castle & Anchor pub with a 6ft-tall man in his mid-50s on Thursday, February 2.
Police are keen to speak to the man who was wearing a black jacket and a T-shirt with The Hulk on it.
They left the pub at 7.45pm to go to Don Andrea restaurant, in Silver Street, before returning to the pub at around 8.30pm.
Anyone who may know the identity of the woman or anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Constable Darren Lee or Detective Constable Jonathan Holborow, of Stockton CID, on (01642) 302226 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.