Two incidents in which teenage victims were threatened with a knife are being investigated by Bedfordshire Police, who think they might be linked.
They happened on Wednesday (26 June). Police are now asking people who may have seen the incidents, of have any other information to get in touch.
Around 6pm two boys were walking along Rothsay Gardens towards Goldington Road when they were approach by a man in his 30s.
He produced a knife and demanded they hand over their personal belongings. The boys escaped without the man taking anything.
The offender is described as caucasian, bald with a beard and was wearing baggy jeans and a hooded top.
Shortly before, at 5pm, a 14-year-old boy was threatened by a man with a knife at the Natwest cashpoint on Bedford High Street.
The offender made off with cash his victim had just withdrawn.
He matched a similar description, wearing similar clothing and was thought to be around 5’9”, had a gold tooth and had one of his front teeth missing.
Detective Sergeant Simon Hancock, from the force’s serious and complex crime team, said: “We are treating these incidents as linked and believe the offender has deliberately targeted young victims.
“Robbery is a terrifying offence and especially when threatened with a weapon. We will not tolerate this behaviour and are keen to speak to anyone who may have information that could help us identify this man.
“These incidents happened in daylight in the town centre, if anyone witnessed the incidents or saw a man acting suspiciously matching the description please get in touch.”
Anyone with information or who witnessed the incidents is asked to contact DS Hancock on 101 or submit information online via www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.