GROSMONT post office was targeted in a burglary this morning.
Police are at the scene and neighbouring forces have been put on alert in trying to trace the getaway vehicle.
It happened at 10.50am this morning (Thursday 15 December) when the suspect reached behind the counter after momentarily distracting a member of staff.
He then fled the post office and made off in a new style silver Vauxhall Astra in the direction of Egton but police believe he may be heading towards the Teesside area.
The suspect is described as white with square facial features, aged between 30 and 40, brown hair, tall in stature and he was wearing a red, white and blue tracksuit top.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option one, and mention Grosmont Post Office theft.
The officer in the case is PC 779 Jonathan Mason at Whitby Police Station.
Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number NYP-15122011-0158.