A MASKED mugger put a woman through a “distressing ordeal” when he snatched her handbag in broad daylight outside a bank near Stone.
The 54-year-old woman, who has not been named, was approached from behind by the man as she walked towards Natwest Bank in Barlaston Old Road, Trentham, at around 2.40pm on December 23.
Following a short struggle the man fled the scene with her black handbag, which contained a substantial amount of cash, along with a mobile phone, bank cards and keys.
The woman was not seriously injured, but was shaken by the incident, Staffordshire Police said.
DC Dave Stones, who is investigating the incident, said: “A number of people witnessed this incident and came to the woman’s aid.
“But I am still keen to speak to anyone who may have further information.
“This happened in broad daylight and the area was busy with both motorists and pedestrians.
“Thankfully the woman was not seriously hurt, but this has been a distressing ordeal for her and we are determined to bring the man responsible to justice.”
The man fled the scene on foot and was last seen running into Albert Road. He is described as white, approximately 5ft 10in tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark-coloured clothing with a hood up and a dark scarf around his face.
Anyone with information, or who finds discarded items in the area, should contact DC Stones at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 427 of December 23, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.