Police search for serial phone snatcher

4 September 2018, 15:16


Police are hunting for a mobile phone snatcher who targeted four boys in less than 30 minutes.

The man struck in Glasgow's southside on Monday, threatening the youths before taking their phones.

The first incident happened at around 3.30pm on James Gray Street when an 11 and 15-year-old were approached.

Around 20 minutes later the thief, described as Asian in appearance and with a local accent, took the phone of a 12-year-old boy on Langside Avenue near Tantallon Road.

The third incident happened at 3.55pm on Langside Avenue near The Ivory Hotel where a 14-year-old had his mobile taken.

The suspect is described as 5ft 9 to 6ft tall, of slim to medium build, and had facial stubble.

He wore dark clothing and a black baseball cap.

Detective Sergeant Colin Kilgour said: "Thankfully the victims were not physically hurt but this was still a terrifying experience and it is vital that we trace the individual responsible.

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and perhaps witnessed any of the robberies, or seen a man matching the description.

"If you know anything that can help us in our enquiries, please do come forward and contact us."