Police are hunting two men after a calous and sickening attack on an elderly woman in QEII Square at around 5:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.
The woman, who does not want to be identified as she is fearful of reprisals, was hit to the right side of the face by an unidentified man and her handbag was taken.
The first attacker is described as “wearing black and having something over his head”.
He was of a medium build and 179cm tall.
The second person is described as having a thin build and being shorter, wearing light clothing and no shoes.
The attack occurred just before 5.30pm while there was still some daylight and after the woman had left the toilets at the centre and was headed towards where her car was parked in Olive Street via an alleyway on the eastern side of the building between the square and Swift Street
The offenders are believed to have ran off along Swift Street towards Olive Street.
The stolen handbag was recovered near a fire exit at the Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre and handed in to police.
It is still not known exactly what was stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to ring Albury police on 02) 60 239299.