Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Livingston.
The incident happened around 7.30pm yesterday.
A 35-year-old woman, who works locally as a carer, was pushing her patient’s buggy and had just entered Alexander Drive, having walked through a small lane near the playing fields of James Young High School.
At this time a male approached the woman from behind and shoved her into bushes at the side of the path before making off with her rucksack, which was hanging from the back of the buggy.
The victim was uninjured and returned to her patient’s home before contacting police.
Officers are now conducting local enquiries to trace the suspect and anyone who can assist with their investigation is asked to come forward.
He is described as white, between 20 and 30-years-old, 5ft 5ins tall with a thin build and wearing a dark-coloured hooded top with the hood pulled over his face.
Detective Sergeant Grant Paterson said: “Fortunately, the woman was not injured, nor were there any items of value within the rucksack.
“Nevertheless, we are treating this opportunistic crime very seriously and would urge anyone who was in the area on Thursday evening and who witnessed anything suspicious to contact police immediately.
“In addition, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or who has information relevant to this enquiry is also asked to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.