Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was robbed in Livingston.
The incident happened around 3 p.m. on Tuesday 20th December on a footpath running from Ladywell to Carmondean, adjacent to Sutherland Way.
The 71-year-old victim had alighted a bus at Newyearfield Rounadbout and was walking home when a male approached her from behind and snatched her handbag.
He then made off down a lane into Sutherland Way.
The woman was not injured and contacted police who are now urging anyone who can assist with their ongoing inquiries to come forward.
Detective Constable Craig Leckie from the Community Investigation Unit said: “Fortunately the victim was not injured during this incident, but was left understandably shaken and distressed.
“The suspect is described as white, ariubd 5ft 9ins tall with a thin build and wearing grey jogging bottoms and a hooded top. Anyone who remembers seeing this male in the Sutherland Way area on Tuesday afternoon is asked to contact police immediately.
“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation should also get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.