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30 December 2016, 06:03
Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a man in Langley Green, Crawley, and attempted to rob a second man in the same place just two days later.
At about 2.30am on Saturday 17 December, a 37-year-old man was walking home from work in Crawley town centre when he paused at the ATM outside the Co-op on Langley Parade, Langley Green, to check his account balance. As he walked away towards the pathway leading to Rushetts Road, he was confronted by a man who produced a small knife and demanded cash. He took £30 from the victim's wallet, as well as a bank card and mobile phone, and made off.
The second incident happened at 8.30pm on Monday 19 December when a 38-year-old local man walking along Martyrs Avenue, Langley Green, just past Langley Parade, was confronted by a man who said he had a knife and told the victim to withdraw cash from the same ATM. The victim went to the machine but then ran into the Co-op for help and the suspect made off empty handed, down Stagelands towards Ifield.
Both victims were shaken but unhurt.
Detective Sergeant David Morton said: "We are linking these two incidents. The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s, about 5' 6", of average build and had a short brown beard.
"We think he may be local to the area and that someone will realise who he is. We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw either of the two incidents.
"We have had no similar reports before or since they happened."
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