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VERBAL THREATS: CCTV image released following Watford robbery

 Published on: 22nd August 2019   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers investigating a robbery in Watford have released an image of a man they would like to identify and speak to as part of their enquiries.

The robbery happened outside Sports Direct in the Waterfields shopping park just after 4.10pm on Saturday, June 15.

The victims, two 15-year-old boys, were approached by a group of men who verbally threatened them, telling them to hand over their personal belongings.

The victims handed over their phones – a grey iPhone 8 and a black iPhone XR – as well as their wallets, which contained cash and bank cards.

The offenders then forced the victims to tell them their iPhone passwords, meaning they could reset the phones to factory settings. They then left in the direction of Smyths toy store.

Investigator Paul Chapman, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victims and left them understandably shaken. They felt they had no choice but to hand over their property as they were fearful of what might happen if they didn’t.

“We have been making a number of enquiries into this incident and are now choosing to release an image of a man we would like to identify, as we believe he was in the area at the time of the robberies and could have vital information that could assist our investigation.

“If you know who he is, or you have any further information that you believe could help us, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

You can report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report or speak to an operator in their Force Communications Room via online web chat or call our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 41/54014/19.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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