Robber steals handbag and also makes knife threats.
Police have launched an investigation after the man snatched a lady's handbag and moments later threatened another woman with a knife in Bishop Auckland.
Both incidents happened near to Bob Hardisty Drive between 5.45pm and 6pm on Wednesday.
The first victim was walking from Tenters Street towards Morrisons supermarket when a man approached her and snatched the handbag she was carrying.
During a short struggle, the victim fell to the ground before the man ran off with her bag.
She was left shaken but otherwise was uninjured during the mugging.
Shortly afterwards, a second victim was sitting in her car nearby.
The thief opened the door, threatened the woman with Stanley knife and demanded her bag.
He left empty-handed when the driver refused to hand over the bag.
The robber is described as slim, aged between 18 and 20-years-old, with dark hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top with dark fleecy bottoms.
DC Mark Forster, of Bishop Auckland CID, said: "The woman sitting in the car refused to hand over her handbag and the robber left empty-handed.
"These incidents have happened in quick succession of one another and we would urge people who were in the area with information to get in touch with police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55111."