Robbery incidents, South Belfast
05 Feb 2010
Detectives are appealing for information about a number of robbery incidents in South Belfast yesterday (Thursday 4 February) and today.
Shortly after 5pm on Thursday, a woman aged in her 30s was approached by a teenage male who struck her to the face a number of times and took her handbag.
At around 2pm today a member of the public reported observing a male on a BMX bicycle trying to rob a woman of her mobile phone in Botanic Gardens close to the Ulster Museum. The woman resisted and the male fled empty handed. The victim did not report the incident and Police would appeal for this woman to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000.
Shortly after 3.30pm today (Friday 5 February) a male armed with a knuckle-duster attempted to snatch a mobile phone from a woman at University Terrace. The woman was dragged to the ground and the offender walked away empty handed when challenged by a passerby.
A similar attempt was also made to rob a male of his mobile phone in the same area around this time.
A 19 year old man was arrested in the area of Fitzroy Avenue a short time later and is currently assisting police with their enquiries. A knuckle-duster was also recovered by Police.
Police are working to establish if any of these incidents are linked and are appealing for anyone with information or who witnessed any of these incidents to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information about crime can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.