Three good samaritans chased a pensioner’s attacker after he robbed her in front of a cash point.
But they lost sight of the man in his thirties before getting hold of him and instead found an abandoned empty purse.
The 70-year-old victim had just withdrawn money from the cash machine at the Co-Op in New Bradwell.
As she put the notes into her purse she felt someone grab her from behind and steal it before running off in the direction of Bradwell Road and turning right.
The offender is white,in this thirties, around 5ft 10ins tall, of a broad stocky build, with a round face and ginger stubble. He was wearing a dark woolly hat, black leather jacket and dark scruffy trousers.
The robbery, which happened at 1pm on Monday, is now being investigated by Thames Valley Police.
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Susan Russell from Milton Keynes police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.