A woman was mugged outside a pub in Crofton as she loaded cash from a gambling machine into her car.
The suspect started shouting at the 49-year-old victim and pushed her before grabbing the bag of money.
The incident happened outside The Slipper, on Santingley Lane, at around 12.20pm on Monday, March 4.
The suspect was white, aged in his mid 20s, 5ft 10ins tall, with stubble and dark, messy hair.
He was wearing a blue parker-style jacket with fur around the hood and blue jeans.
Detectives believe the man had a local accent and may live in the Crofton area.
Anyone with information should call Wakefield CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.