17-year old punched to the floor during iPhone theft in Harrogate

27 April 2011

Detectives in Harrogate are investigating after a youth had his iPhone stolen during a robbery.

The 17-year-old victim, from Knaresborough, was approached by two men on Ripon Road between 2.40am and 3am on Monday 25 April, as he sat on a wall near Bijou Bed & Breakfast, on the corner of Duchy Road.

The men punched him to the floor and demanded his white iPhone 3GS and his wallet.

Officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify the suspects, who were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing and spoke in what is believed to be an eastern European accent.

Detective Constable Scott Nugent, of Harrogate CID, said: “It appears that there were a number of people in Harrogate on Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday morning, making the most of the bank holiday weekend.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery, or witnessed the incident itself to come forward.

“On this occasion, the victim has been fortunate in that he only sustained minor injuries, however it has certainly been an unpleasant experience for him and one that I wouldn’t like to see anyone become a victim of.

“Although Harrogate is a safe place to live and socialise in, I would urge people to take care when travelling home from a night out in the town.”

DC Nugent also urged anyone who is offered a white iPhone for sale to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact Harrogate CID, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110066676.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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