Police are appealing for witnesses to a “despicable and cowardly act” after a woman in her 70s was robbed in Stonehaven.
The attack took place at 3.25pm on Sunday, near to the Royal Bank of Scotland at Market Square.
The victim was not seriously injured but was left shaken and a small amount of money and personal items were stolen.
Local officers are keen to enlist the help of the public to track down the man responsible.
Councillor Wendy Agnew said the attack had been “a despicable crime” and expressed the belief that the culprit deserved to go to jail.
“It is disgusting that someone should go out and rob an old lady,” she said.
“Words just can’t describe a person like that.
“I would urge anyone who was in the vicinity or has any information to let the police know.
“I really hope that if they catch the person who did this, they go to jail.”
Police are keen to trace a man who was in the area at the time.
He is described as 5ft 8in or 5ft 9in in height, with dark hair and dark facial stubble. At the time, he was wearing a dark jacket and navy jeans.
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.
“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to contact us.
“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 enquiries.
“Anyone who recognises the description or has any information about the incident should call us on 101.”
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.