An 82-year-old woman has been robbed and assaulted in her home.
A man entered the woman's house in Cassilis Road, Maybole, Ayrshire, at around 6.20pm on Thursday night. He demanded money from her, pushed her and then made off with a small amount of money.
The woman suffered a slight hand injury during the ordeal and was left upset but did not need medical treatment.
The robber is white, around 5ft 10in, thin and aged 22-25. He was wearing a dark, hooded jacket with the hood up and a grey scarf across his face.
Strathclyde Police officers are checking CCTV and carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the area.
Detective Inspector Alan Somerville said: "This man may have been hanging around the area prior to the incident taking place. Perhaps someone noticed him and thought he was acting a little oddly. If anyone did notice anything suspicious, I would urge them to get in touch with us.
"Your information could assist us in tracing the man responsible for this crime. Additional patrols will be in the area offering reassurance to residents and any information can be passed on to these officers."
Anyone with information can call Ayr police station on 01292 664 000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.