The three suspects sprang from behind a bush in Dagenham and pulled a knife on the teenagers, with one them telling their victims: “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.”
The thieves – one of whom had gold teeth – then made off with two bikes, the bag and £40 in cash.
The mum of one of the victims, who has asked to remain anonymous, said the robbery at about 7.50pm on Monday, July 24, had traumatised her son.Hmmm, I wonder what sort of muggers we are talking about here?
The suspects, who are described as black males aged 18 to 19, fled the crime scene, with one heading toward Fourth Avenue and the other two heading for Romford.Ah. Say no more.
When the boys returned home, their parents were quick to appeal for information on Facebook, which led to one user claiming to have seen the suspects with the stolen bikes in Shafter Road, Dagenham.
The victims’ dads jumped into a car in the hope of reclaiming the stolen items. But when they confronted the thieves they were immediately surrounded by about 20 other males and left with no option but to get in the car and drive home.Did anyone call the police? Or did they (probably correctly) figure there was little point?
The mum who told the Post about the robbery said she’d been dreading something like this happening since he entered his early teens.
“It’s sad but they’re at that age now where we expect it,” she said.
“I knew something would happen eventually – this is craziness.”No-one should 'expect' this!
Nobody was injured in the robbery and no arrests have been made. Witnesses can call police on 101, contact them on Twitter at @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.Why bother? It's not like they are any use and some of them seem to be worse than muggers themselves...