Police are investigating claims a man had money and a phone stolen while he lay unconscious in a Perthshire street.
The sickening crime is thought to have happened in Coupar Angus on Thursday morning.
Police say a 28-year-old man was walking in Princes Croft when he took ill and fell unconscious.
A spokesman said: “It is not known exactly how long he was unconscious for. However, when he regained consciousness he found that a number of items, including his mobile phone, house key and wallet containing cash had been removed from his trouser pockets.”
Police Scotland is appealing for information about the alleged theft, thought to have happened between 10am and 11am.
The crime has been condemned by local Conservative councillor and Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy.
He said: “This was a despicable, cowardly robbery on a helpless man.
“To steal the man’s mobile phone, house key and wallet is the lowest of the low.
“How could anyone with even a spark of decency do such a thing? I am sure the good people of Coupar Angus will be outraged that this has happened in their town.”
Mr Melloy said: “I would urge anyone who has any knowledge of this despicable crime to contact the police immediately.”
Witnesses are urged to call 101 or speak with any officer.