A PENSIONER was targeted by a thief on a bike who made off with her handbag.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the 75-year-old woman fell victim to the crook in The Causeway, Billingham.
She was walking in the direction of Pentland Avenue when a man cycled up behind her, reached into her wheeled shopping trolley and grabbed her handbag.
A mobile phone and a purse containing various cards and around £30 in cash were inside the blue coloured bag that was taken at around 1.40pm on Friday, December 9.
The man is described as white, around 18-years-old, 5ft 9in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a grey woolly hat and a grey anorak-type jacket.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Graham Smith, of Stockton Police, on (01642) 302226 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.