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Police hunt robber who struck three times
11:14am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
Police hunting a robber who has struck three times in Hamsphire have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.
The first incident happened at 2.15pm on January 17 when the victim was walking past Andover College, Charlton Road, in Andover.
She was approached by a man from behind who grabbed her hand bag which contained money and a mobile phone.
The man then ran off along Shepherd Spring Lane and through the cemetery.
The second occurred between 8.30pm and 9pm on February 13 when the victim was walking along New Street to the rear of Capet Right on Watery Lane, Andover.
While the victim, was finishing a phone call on his mobile phone, the offender walked past the victim.
The offender, who was brandishing a small kitchen knife, then turned and walked behind the victim, demanding he hand over his mobile phone.
He then grabbed the mobile phone and ran off in the direction of Colenzo Drive.
The third robbery happened six days later at around 3pm on February 19 when a woman was walking along Woodlands Way in the direction of Eastfield Road.
A man approached her from behind and grabbed her mobile phone from her hand.
Two other men and possibly a woman then ran up behind her and stole her shopping and handbag.
It is believed all three incidents are linked.
The main offender that police want to speak to is described as:
- Between 5ft 8ins and 6ft
- Average build
- Wearing a bomber style long sleeved zip up coat which was dark brown/plum in colour.
The coat did not have a hood but the man wears a dark hooded top underneath and wears the hood up covering his face.
He wears dark coloured tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side (possibly Adidas).
He was wearing trainers which were possibly white Reebok trainers with a black detail on the side and black soles.
PC Gemma Smith, said: "I believe all three incidents are linked and I am appealing for anyone with any information about who may be responsible to come forward and speak to us.
“The CCTV image was taken just prior to the robbery on January 17. Do you recognise this man? Do you know who he is?
“I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity to help us find the people responsible for these incidents."
Anyone with information should contact the PC Smith at Andover police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.