An elderly woman was pushed to the ground by a thief who ran off with her bag of groceries in Leven.
The shocking incident happened on a path between North Street and Nairn Street at around 9am on Tuesday.
Police said the woman was “very shaken” but unhurt after the incident.
Officers are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the man, who approached the woman from behind and shoved her to the ground before taking a Morrison’s carrier bag containing all of her groceries.
According to police he then ran off in the direction of William Laing Crescent.
The man was described as wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, a dark surgical mask, dark trousers and a dark waist-length jacket. At the time he was also carrying a dark coloured rucksack.
Detective Inspector Chris Mill of Levenmouth CID said: “This was a terrifying incident which has left the woman involved very shaken.
“We are keen to trace the man responsible as soon as possible and are appealing for the public’s help.
“If you were in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything or the man described please contact police as soon as possible.
“I would also urge anyone who might have dashcam footage of the area or private CCTV to check and come forward with any relevant footage.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 0608, or alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.