A 14-year-old boy was robbed of his phone, Ipod and mp3 player while walking down a alley from Palentine Road in Worthing on Sunday (December 16).
The teenager was walking listening and rapping to music at about 6.30pm when a man stopped him to complement him on his rapping.
The victim stopped but as they were talking he was hit on the side of the face and was pushed to the ground by someone behind him.
The man who was behind him held him down while the man he had been talking to searched his pockets.
After they emptied his pockets they ran in the direction of Palatine Road towards The Boulevard and the victim found a man parking his car at a nearby pub, who called the police.
PC Oliver Masters said: “The teenager had a small cut to his eyebrow and a sore elbow and hip and was obviously extremely shaken. He had his new silver ipod touch, Samsung mobile phone and a Phillips mp3 player stolen from him. The suspect who the victim was talking to is described as white, about 19-years-old, slim and about 6ft with cropped dark hair. He was wearing a white hooded top with a black scarf across his face. The victim only saw the second suspect from behind but described him as a similar height and build to the other man but wearing a faded black hooded top.
“Anyone who saw the men running along Palatine Road or knows anything about this incident, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1174 of 16/12. Alternatively contact the indepedent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”