A 71-year-old woman was robbed by a suspect using a knife Thursday night in North Sydney, Cape Breton.

At around 11 p.m., Cape Breton police were called to the area near Peppett and High streets. 

Police say the woman was walking on Peppett Street, near High Street, when she was approached by a male with a knife who had been walking behind her. 

The suspect cut her purse strap and then ran off with her purse.

She wasn't injured.

A canine unit was brought in to help search for the suspect. The investigation into the incident continues.