Police are appealing for information after woman in her 60s had her handbag stolen near the Haudagain roundabout.
The woman had been in a newsagent and had walked into Haudigan Retail Park in Aberdeen when she became aware that someone was approaching her from behind.
Her bag was then stolen.
Police are looking to trace a man and a woman who were seen in the area at the time.
The man is described as being of average build and height. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket and a light hat.
The woman is of a larger build, and was wearing a long brown coat with a furry hood, blue trousers and white trainers.
Both are around 30 to 40 years old.
The woman was not hurt as a result of the incident, which happened at around 1.50pm yesterday, but was left extremely shaken.
Detective Sergeant James Callander said: “After leaving a nearby newsagent, the victim took the steps which lead down into the Haudigan Retail Park.
“As she neared the entrance to Warehouse Discount Beds she was aware of someone approaching her from behind and grabbing hold of her bag.
“Thankfully she was not injured, however this was an extremely frightening and distressing incident and she was left extremely shaken.”
He added: “Such crimes are completely unacceptable and we will follow every line of inquiry until we trace those responsible.
“I’m urging anyone who was in the area at the time and might have seen something, or anyone who knows anything about the incident, to contact police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or, to remain anonymous, the charity Crimestoppers can be called on 0800 555 111.