We are investigating four robberies with similar circumstances and are now appealing for information and witnesses to come forward.
Between 3.45pm and 4pm on Saturday 3 June, two 17-year-old boys were approached by two unknown males on Elmleigh Road in Havant.
One of the unknown males grabbed one of the boys and the other showed them a knife which was tucked in his waistband. A grey iPhone 14 Pro Max was stolen.
The following day (Sunday 4 June), two males aged 19 and 20 were approached by a group of five unknown males outside of Lidl on Goldsmith Avenue in Southsea. One of the group indicated they had a knife.
A Louis Vuitton cross body bag, Louis Vuitton beanie and Nike neck warmer were stolen.
On Monday 5 June at approximately 1.45pm, on Prince George Street near the junction with The Pallant in Havant, an 18-year-old boy was approached by three unknown males who asked him what model phone he had.
The victim tried to walk off but was grabbed and pulled back by two of the males, then one of them punched the boy in the stomach and face. One of the males lifted up his top to reveal a handle of what was suspected to be a knife. A dark blue iPhone 12 was stolen.
Later the same day, at about 3pm, three unknown males approached a 14-year-old boy walking home from school through The Gillies in Fareham. The suspects surrounded the victim asking him what phone he had. One of the males grabbed the boy by his bag before the victim ran away. One of the males threw the victims bag back towards him but they did not follow him.
Following enquiries into these incidents police have made three arrests.
A 16-year-old male from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery. He was been released on initial police bail until 5 September.
A 15-year-old male from Southsea was arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery. He has been released on initial police bail until 5 September.
A 15-year-old male from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of robbery and common assault. He has been released on initial police bail until 7 September.
Anyone who witnessed these incidents, or has any information to share with our investigation, should report online via our website or call 101 quoting reference numbers 44230222349, 44230222152, 44230221342 or 44230219819.