The incident happened at around 11.25am on Sunday 17 June 2018. The victim was walking down Duchy Avenue when she was approached from behind by a man. The man grabbed hold of her handbag and attempted to take it from her.
After struggling with the victim for a couple of seconds, the man gave up and released the bag and left the area, going back up Duchy Avenue, in the direction of Glebe Road.
The victim, a 34-year-old woman from Harrogate, was left unhurt but very shaken by the incident.
The man is described as in his late 20s, around 5 ft 11 in tall and clean shaven. He is described as being of a large, chubby build and was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and an orange hoody with a dark coloured jacket over the top.
Officers are appealing for anyone who has any information which could assist the investigation to contact police on 101, select option 2 and ask to speak to PC Kelvin Troughton. Alternatively you can email Kelvin.Troughton@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk Please quote reference 12180107736.