Police are appealing for witnesses to two incidents in the Paignton Green and seafront area of Paignton in the early hours of Sunday 21st August 2016, which they are treating as linked.
The first incident happened at around 1.20am in the Geoplay Park, near to the Vue Cinema. An 18 year old man was approached by another man who asked him for a cigarette. When the victim declined, the other man grabbed him and threatened him with a knife, demanding his mobile phone. When the victim refused, the man ran off.
The suspect is described as white, around 25 years of age, around 6 feet tall and of slim build. He wore dark clothing including a black tracksuit.
The second incident reported to police happened very shortly afterwards in the Geoplay Park area when a man of similar description grabbed a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge mobile phone from a man aged 35 years old having threatened him and then made off with the phone.
If you witnessed either of these incidents, or if you have been offered a Samsung S6 Edge phone for sale and are unsure where it has come from, police would like to hear from you.
For the incident near the Vue cinema please quote reference CR/058238/16. For the second incident, please quote log 0086 of 21st August 2016. You can contact police at [email protected] or by calling 101.
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Devon and Cornwall Police has issued advice for anyone concerned about being out at night which can be found on the official website: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/prevention-and-advice/your-personal-safety/general-safety-advice
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News