Police are appealing for witnesses 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.
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 inquiries.
“Anyone who recognises the description or has any information about the incident should call us on 101.”