Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bonnyrigg last Saturday after a woman withdrew money from a cash machine.
The incident happened between 3.20pm and 3.30pm after a 36-year-old woman had withdrawn a three-figure sum of money from an ATM at Tesco Express on Staiside Court before setting off on foot.
As she walked behind Chester’s View and Auld Coal Road, the woman was pushed from behind causing her to fall to the ground. A man then grabbed at her handbag and a struggle ensued before the victim let go and the male made off towards Rosewell with the bag. He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with long dark hair, a dark beard and wearing dark clothing with a scarf covering the lower half of his face.
Detective Inspector Paul Batten said: “While the victim was uninjured, she was understandably shaken and distressed at the theft of her bag, which contained money she was going to use to buy items for Christmas. We are currently pursuing a number of local lines of inquiry to trace the male responsible and would ask that anyone who saw anything suspicious on the footpath behind Chester’s View and Auld Coal Road, contacts police immediately.
“Prior to the robbery, the victim passed a woman pushing a red pram and two boys on bicycles. These individuals may have also seen the suspect or have information that can assist with this investigation.”
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.