A vulnerable 90-year-old was shoved to the floor and robbed in a street attack in Lincoln.
The elderly victim was walking with a zimmer frame on Woodfield Avenue in the Birchwood estate on Monday, February 12 when he was knocked to the floor by a young male on a pushbike.
The suspect took his food shopping and his holdall containing his money and wallet before riding off.
A member of the public stopped to help the man and called the police.
Extra police patrols have been scheduled in the area in an effort to catch the culprit.
Detective Sergeant Tim Wilkinson, from Lincoln CID, said: “This was a particularly nasty incident.
“Any kind of robbery can be very upsetting for the victim but in this case, where the man involved was vulnerable, it makes it even more distressing.
“He didn’t suffer serious physical injuries as a result but has been left understandably shaken up and shocked.
“We have a number of lines of enquiry ongoing at the moment but we haven’t been able to gather a detailed description of the offender, so are very much hoping we can rely on the public to help us with that information.
“Did you see anyone in the area around the time who you think might have been involved, or who was acting in a manner that seemed to be out of the ordinary?
“Or do you know who robbed this gentleman? If so please give us that information – this was a crime committed on an elderly person who should be able to go about his daily business without fear of crime.
“The opposite has happened and that is absolutely unacceptable. We need to make sure the person responsible is held to account.
“We have additional officers on patrol in the area to try and catch the offender, so if you have any concerns or questions, or indeed any information that could help, please do feel free to approach our teams and talk to them.
“If you would prefer to ring us with information please call 101 quoting incident 166 of Frebruary 2. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”