POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery on Monday in Aldford near Chester.
At about 1pm the victim, who is a freight delivery driver, was driving along Lea Lane, Aldford, when he became aware of a black Vauxhall Corsa travelling behind him flashing its headlights.
The victim, believing the occupants of the car to be lost or needing assistance, pulled into the side of the road and the Corsa stopped adjacent to the van.
The passenger of the car got out and approached the driver’s window. He asked the driver for directions and then punched him to the side of the head before attempting to steal the sat-nav from the dashboard.
The man who attempted to steal the sat-nav is white, in his late 20s to early 30s, over 6ft and of a large build.
He had short ginger hair and spoke in an Irish accent, was dressed in a dirty, stained dark fleece jumper and dark jeans and smelt strongly of dirt.
There was a second man driving the Corsa, described as a white man.
DC Oliver Carruthers of Chester CID said: “Thankfully the victim was not seriously injured although was left shaken by his ordeal.
“I would advise the public to be vigilant and aware of this type of ‘distraction’ type crime.
“What could be an innocent motorist requiring assistance could in fact be something more sinister, and if you are in any doubt about your own safety our advice is not to stop, particularly if you are alone and in a secluded area.”
Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident 410 of May 20, 2013. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.