Police Warning After Three Street Robberies

Gun-wielding robber robs passers-by

Police hunting a robber wielding a gun who stole a phone and a wallet from two passers-by in Wimbledon Chase are warning people to be vigilant.

The first robbery took place in the Chase alley which runs between Merton Hall Road and Kingston Road in Wimbledon Chase at around 8.40pm on Thursday (December 27). The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was robbed of her mobile phone.

The second robbery occurred minutes later on Kingston Road. On both occasions the victims were threatened with a black handgun before the suspect ran off in the direction of South Wimbledon.

He is described as a light-skinned black man, possibly mixed race, around 5'7" or 5'8" in
height and with stubble. He was wearing a hooded top with a black and red Puffa type jacket
over the top of it.

A white male was seen by one of the victims of one of the robberies to cycle past them in Chase Alley. This person is not believed to be connected to the robbery, but may be able to provide vital information and is asked to contact police.

Police have now said there has been a third robbery in the Kingston Road/Wimbledon Chase area.

A spokesman said: "Our investigation is ongoing but please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour in the Kingston Rd, Wimbledon Chase area."

Anyone with information should call Merton CID on 020 8649 4072 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555

A suspect was taken into custody on Sunday (December 30), has been released on bail.

January 4, 2012