Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenagers were robbed in broad daylight on the same road within two days.
The first robbery happened on Saturday 16 February, just after 2pm. The victim was robbed on Kempston Road at the bus shelter outside Bedford hospital.
The thief approached him and told him to empty his pockets, taking the victim’s phone.
The victim tried to get his phone back but was threatened with violence.
The thief is described as black, around 17/18 years old and around 5’ 9”.
He had brown eyes, some facial hair on his top lip and on his chin. He was wearing a black puffa jacket with the hood up, a white t-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
If anyone saw this incident then they are asked to call 101, quoting 40/9604/19.
Meanwhile, the next day, a second teenager had his bike stolen as he walked along Kempston Road.
At around 5pm, he and a friend were approached by a man who asked if he could have a go on the victim’s bike.
The victim handed over the bike because he was scared, and he and his friend followed the man as he rode it into an alley.
The offender then told the victim and his friend to empty their pockets, threatening them but they were able to get away.
They describe the offender as black, in his mid-20’s, around 5’ 7”. He was wearing a black jacket with a fur trimmed hood, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.
The bike that was taken is a black Carrera Vengeance. Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting reference number 40/9829/19.
PC Ben Chance, investigating, said: “Both incidents happened in broad daylight near a busy road, and in both cases teenagers have been targeted whilst out with their friends.
“This is clearly unacceptable, and we are keen to find who is responsible. Therefore, if you were in the area on either day and remember seeing anything untoward, please get in touch.”
Anyone with any information on either incident is asked to call 101, or report information online at www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.