Posted on 24th April 2014
Detectives in Derby are appealing for information about a series of robberies and attempted robberies in the city which may be linked.
The incidents all took place on the evening of Tuesday, April 22 and involved an offender who was riding a bicycle.
At around 5pm a 15-year-old boy was walking along Gladstone Street when a man on a bike pulled in front of him and blocked his path before asking him for the time.
The victim took out his iPod to check the time and the offender grabbed it. A struggle ensued and the offender punched the victim and then rode off, stealing the iPod.
A 26-year-old man walking along Werburgh Street at 11.40pm was also approached by a man on a bike who asked for the time. The victim was then threatened with a metal bar and made to lie on the ground.
The offender then stole his mobile phone and wallet before cycling off.
At 9.30pm a man on a bike cycled up behind a 23-year-old woman on Walbrook Road and grabbed her bag as he passed her causing her to fall to the floor. The offender rode off.
Two attempted robberies also took place.
Between 9pm and 9.15pm a man on a bike tried to grab the handbag of a 35-year-old woman as she walked along London Road, Alvaston. The victim kept hold of her bad and the offender cycled away.
A 17-year-old girl was walking along Canal Street in the city centre at around 8.30pm when the offender cycled up behind her and attempted to grab her bag. The victim was pulled to the floor but the offender left empty handed.
All victims gave a similar description of the offender.
He was white, of slim build, in his late teens, with short blonde hair. He was wearing a grey cap and dark jacket and was riding a bike, possibly purple in colour.
Witnesses or anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.