Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a robbery in Aylesbury last Thursday (9/3).
At around 5.45am, a man in his forties was riding his moped along Stocklake, in the direction of the new Kingsbrook housing estate, when a white transit van travelling behind him flashed its lights.
The victim pulled over and a passenger got out of the van and asked him for directions. The van driver then also got out and asked the victim to repeat the directions.
The driver of the van then said "grab it" and pushed the victim on the shoulder, causing him and his moped to fall.
The offenders then stole the victim's laptop bag from the moped, got back into the van and drove off. The black leather laptop bag contained a black Sony Vaio laptop, cables, and a quantity of cash.
The victim was not injured.
The offenders are white. The passenger was believed to be in his late thirties or early forties, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 8ins, stocky, with slight stubble on his face. He was wearing a black woolly hat and a tartan wool fleece jacket, and was believed to have spoken with an Irish accent.
The van driver was described as stocky, in his late forties, around 6ft, with short hair. He was thought to have spoken with a local accent.
They were travelling in a white Ford Transit van, which had a registration plate believed to be ending in UXP. It is described as having a reflective strip down each side and a beacon on, looking 'old and battered'.
Investigating officer, Det Con Bruce Wilson from Aylesbury Local Area CID, said: “This was a nasty robbery, where the victim was callously tricked into giving directions.
"We are urging anyone who witnessed it or who may have been offered the laptop for sale to please come forward. If you have any information which may assist with the investigation, please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting incident number 43170069072."
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.