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Two boys in Furzton in Milton Keynes have been threatened into handing their phones over to a robber.
The victims, both 16 year-old boys were sitting on the grassed area just off Brickleigh Crescent, close to Tesco express in Furzton between about 1.15pm and 2pm on Saturday (2/5).
Another boy cycled past before returning on foot just moments later.
The offender then stood behind one of the victims and hit him in the shoulder with his knee, and attempted to snatch the boy’s phone from his hand but was unsuccessful.
The offender then pulled out a metal object from an orange Sainsbury’s bag and placed the object against the victim’s chest - the victims told detectives they believe the object could have been a gun or an imitation firearm.
Both victims handed over their mobile phones and a rucksack, before the offender left the scene on foot.
The offender is white, in his late teens, with light coloured facial hair, freckles, of average build and about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins.
He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up, black tracksuit bottoms and grey footwear.
He was riding a dark coloured mountain bike.
The stolen items are a brown and grey Firetrap bag, a NEXUS 5 mobile phone with the IMEI 358240/05/282673/2 and a black with silver trim Galaxy Note 3 with the IMEI 357507/05/230611/8.
The victims sustained no injuries during the incident.
Investigating officer, PC Damien Freeman of Local CID based at Milton Keynes police station said:
"I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant to contact police immediately via 101.
Perhaps you have been given or bought these items in good faith, if you have then please contact police as you might have vital information that can help our enquiries.
This was a frightening experience for the victims and we are conducting a thorough investigation to find the offender and bring them to justice.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court."