A woman has been hit in the head with a garden stake and robbed of her mobile phone in inner-city Sydney, police say.
The woman, 30, was listening to music on her mobile phone when a man used the stake to hit the side of her head and knock her to the ground on Ferry Road in Glebe about 7.55pm yesterday, police said.
Investigators said the man then took the phone and ran down Ferry Road towards Taylor Street. The victim was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with minor cuts and bruises.
"It's an opportunistic crime ... a one-off thing," Inspector Winston Pisani of Leichhardt Local Area Command said.
The attacker was described as a tanned, clean-shaven, slim man about 165-centimetres-tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, police said.
Inspector Pisani warned pedestrians to remain aware of their surroundings while using their mobile phones, adding that electronic items were commonly stolen nowadays.
"Electronic items are commonly stolen nowadays because there are so many around. If someone gets robbed they've usually got a mobile phone or if someone breaks into a house, they might take a computer because they are the sorts of things that they can sell," he said.
Anyone with information about the theft was urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.