Police are appealing for witnesses after a vulnerable elderly woman had her bag taken from her in Sherwood Close, Hastings.
At about 6.45pm on Monday 12 August, the 79-year-old victim was walking through Sherwood Close when she stopped briefly and put her bag down.
As she did so a man ran past her and grabbed her bag before making off through the Close out on to Baldslow Road.
Her mobile phone and purse were stolen along with her medication, some prescriptions and other personal belongings including some photographs.
Investigator Caroline Bendell said; "The woman was understandably very distressed by this incident and we have ensured that she has support and advice from caring agencies.
"I believe this man purposely targeted his victim by following her for a few minutes through the alleyway between Elphinstone Road and Sherwood Close, before obscuring his face and waiting till the opportunity arose to take her bag.
"The man we are searching for is white, in his late twenties to early thirties, between 5'7" and 5”11" and of stocky build. He also has tattoos to his left arm and he was wearing a grey t-shirt or vest top with blue shorts.
"If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1190 of 12/08."