POLICE have stepped up patrols in Wash Common following two knife-point robberies.
In the first incident four boys in their early teens were waiting at the bus stop in Elizabeth Avenue when a man approached them and showed them a knife.
He told them to hand over any valuables and then searched to check that they had nothing valuable.
This occurred around 2.30pm on Tuesday, November 24.
The second robbery occurred around 3pm the next day.
A man was walking along Falkland Garth towards the top of Elizabeth Avenue when a man grabbed his arm from behind.
The offender then threatened him while brandishing a knife; forcing his victim to hand over cash, the takings from a shop where he works.
The offender in both of these incidents is described as white, around 18 or 19-years-old, 5ft 6ins tall, slim and wearing a green cloth jacket, black trousers, black trainers, and a green balaclava.
In both incidents the offender made off in a dark coloured Vauxhall saloon.
Investigating Officer, Det Sgt William Johnson, of Local CID based at Newbury police station, said: “These are two offences which have happened in broad day light, that at this point we believe to have been carried out by the same man.
“We would ask anyone who might have witnessed either of these incidents to come forward, we particularly want to speak to a lady who may have been waiting at the bus stop when the four boys were approached.
“In light of these incidents, we are stepping up patrols in the Wash Common area, but would urge anyone who has information that can assist us in our investigation to come forward. If anyone has concerns please speak to their local neighbourhood policing team.
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