A pensioner was left “extremely shaken” after being robbed in a north-east town square.
The woman, who is in her early 70s, was walking through Market Square in Stonehaven at 3.25pm on Sunday when she was approached by a dark-haired man – who police have branded “a coward”.
The attacker then grabbed the woman, near the Royal Bank of Scotland, and stole her purse, which contained more than £100 in cash and a number of debit cards.
Detectives are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Sergeant John Lumsden said: “The woman involved was not seriously injured but has understandably been left extremely shaken by this despicable and cowardly act, which is rare in this area of Aberdeenshire.”
He added: “In particular, we would like to trace a man who was in the area at the time as he may be able to assist us with our inquiries.
“He is described as being around 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in in height with dark hair and dark facial stubble. He was wearing a dark jacket and navy jeans. Anyone who recognises the description or has any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 using reference CF0183750718.”
Councillors have reacted to the robbery with shock.
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside representative Wendy Agnew, pictured, said: “I was aghast, it’s such a despicable crime.
“I really hope they catch them.”
Her fellow ward councillor Dennis Robertson added: “I sincerely hope people have images and descriptions of the person. This is something we want the police to crackdown on as quickly as possible.”
Stonehaven community member Phil Mills-Bishop said: “It is a horrible thing to happen.
“My thoughts are with the woman and I hope it does not put people off from visiting Stonehaven.”