A woman was robbed of hundreds of pounds in pub takings as she walked to a bank in broad daylight.
Detectives say the attack might have been targeted with the robber lurking around the area beforehand.
It happened at 11.40am on Monday, February 24 as the victim left the Smugglers Den and was approached from behind by a man who snatched her bag and ran off down Poulton Road.
Police said the black bag with a gold buckle contained several hundred pounds in takings from that weekend and some personal items.
The woman was shaken by the incident but not injured. The robber was described as white, around 5ft 5”, slim and aged in his late 20s or early 30s. He was said to be wearing a grey baseball cap, a black Nike hooded top and blue jeans.
DC Trevor Walker said: “We’re investigating the possibility that this may have been a targeted robbery and that the offender may have been hanging around the area shortly before so I would appeal directly to anyone that may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area around the pub that morning to come forward.”
Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.