AN 18-year-old woman was threatened at gunpoint in a robbery which police have described as ‘very worrying’.
The teenager was left shocked, though unharmed, after she was targeted by the unknown man as she was walking near Stapenhill Gardens.
The crook stole her handbag and mobile phone, but items from the bag were later found at the beauty spot after the attack, which took place at 7.35pm on Tuesday evening.
A police spokesman said: “A man approached the victim as she was walking past Stapenhill Gardens.
“He asked her for a light and then demanded property, while showing her what was believed to be a small firearm.”
After taking the items, he ran off in the direction of the town centre.
The police helicopter was dispatched to help search for the man, as well as officers on the ground, but nobody was found.
Police are continuing with their inquiries and are urging anybody who witnessed the incident, or who has any information, to get in touch.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, commander of the East Staffordshire local policing team, told the Mail: “This is very unusual for this area.
“Burton is a very safe place to live and work, and it’s very worrying when a crime like this is reported.
“We are putting all our efforts into trying to solve it.”
He reinforced the call for members of the public to get in touch if they knew anything which might help.
“We have been able to get a very good description, and I would ask anybody who recognises it to get in touch as soon as possible,” he added.
The man has been described as white, in his early 20s, 5ft 6ins tall and of slight build.
He was wearing a green ‘fisherman-style’ mac with a hood and jeans.
The handbag and mobile phone were not recovered when the other items were found at the popular town spot.
The victim of the robbery is from Burton, police told the Mail yesterday.
Several people reported seeing the helicopter hovering over the Stapenhill and Branston areas of the town for some time, while the search took place.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Adrian Toon at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 666 of Tuesday, March 4.
Alternatively, they can contact the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.