Detectives are appealing for witnesses following two robberies in Andover on Sunday 9th March on Roman Way and between River Way and Pilgrims Way.
The first incident occurred between 12.30am and 1am at the Augustus Walk footpath between Caesar Close and Tiberius Road.
The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was approached by two men who asked him for a cigarette but he told the men he did not have any and walked away. They then assaulted him causing him to fall to the ground and kicked him to the head while he was on the floor.
His Nokia Lumia 510 mobile phone was stolen by the men and they walked away towards Roman Way.
The first suspect is described as:
- White man
- Aged in his early to mid 20s
- Stocky build
- 6ft tall
- Short dark hair
- Deep voice
- Wearing black trainers, black jeans and a black hooded coat.
The second suspect is described as:
- White man
- Aged in his late teens to early 20s
- Slim build
- 5ft 7 tall
- Very short dark hair
- His head was larger at the top than the bottom
- Wearing a grey hooded top which was zipped up and with the hood up and jeans.
Between 9pm and 10pm, a 17-year-old boy was approached by two men as he walked across a field between River Way and Pilgrams Way located behind the Phoenix Centre.
The men assaulted him causing him to fall to the floor and stole his Blackberry mobile phone and wallet. While he was on the ground they ran off in an unknown direction.
The suspects were wearing dark clothing including hooded tops with the hoods up and were about 6ft tall.
Detective Constable Claire Nicholls from Andover police station said: “Both of these incidents have been unprovoked attacks on 17-year-old boys by two unknown men.”
“There are similarities between the offences and we are investigating whether they were committed by the same offenders.”
“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed either of the robberies or saw two men matching the descriptions of the offenders near to the relevant locations before or after the incidents.”
“I’d also like to speak to anyone who has been offered a similar mobile phone for sale as those that were stolen.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Nicholls at Andover police station on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.