Police are appealing for witnesses following three street robberies in Worthing.
At around 2am on Thursday (May 19), a 19-year-old man was approached from behind by another man while walking along Rowlands Road. The man briefly spoke to the victim and then demanded money.
The victim was pushed to the floor by another two, or possibly three men, and punched and kicked to the head. The men stole a red iPod, a white Samsung Tocco phone and his grey beanie hat.
The male that approached him was described as white, 18 to 21 years old, 5ft 10in tall, with light short brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue or black hooded jumper.
At around 4.35am, a 32-year-old woman was walking along Heene Road when she was approached by two men. One of them asked for a cigarette while the other one grabbed her bag. The first man then grabbed another bag that the woman was carrying.
The men then left with the stolen bags, walking up Heene Road and turning into Richmond Road.
The bags contained clothing and a red purse.
Both men are described as white, aged under 25, wearing dark coloured tops with the hoods pulled up. One was wearing a baseball cap underneath the hood.
Five minutes later, at around 4.40am, a 30-year-old man had a wallet stolen from him while walking alongside Victoria Park by two men who pushed into him and then punched him in the face.
The first man is described as white, around 5ft 10in, 20-years-old, of slim build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a black or navy zip up sports top.
The second is described as white, around the same height as the first man, in his early 20s, of slim build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap, wearing a dark sports top and light coloured bottoms.
Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn of West Sussex CID said: “While officers were searching the area for the offenders some of the stolen items were discovered in nearby Victoria Park.
“All three victims were left shaken as a result of the robberies and I would appeal for anyone with information about who these people may be to contact Sussex Police.”
Anyone who saw a group of men acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the robberies is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 136 of 19/5.