A BOY had cash stolen by two young muggers who stalked him through Huddersfield town centre.
And police believe the same thieves - aged 13 or 14 - may have been responsible for a similar crime minutes later.
The first victim, a 12-year-old from Slaithwaite, was approached by the thieves shortly after getting off a bus at Huddersfield bus station at 4.45pm on Monday.
They asked him for money, but when he refused to hand any over they followed him through town.
When he reached McDonald's on John William Street they asked for money again.
This time he handed over £2.
Both thieves were described as white and aged 13 or 14.
One was 5ft tall and skinny and wore a dark baseball cap and a dark blue hooded jumper. The other was slightly taller and stocky. He wore a dark hooded top.
Just after 5pm two youths asked for money from a 13-year-old Paddock boy in the Kingsgate Centre.
Feeling intimidated, he got his wallet out.
The thieves grabbed it from him, took out £5 and vouchers worth £15 and threw the wallet back at the victim.
Both thieves were white and aged about 14. One had ginger hair and freckles and the other wore an ear- ring.
Sgt Tim O'Sullivan, of Huddersfield police, said: "We are looking at possible links between these two crimes, as they took place near one another just minutes apart.
"If youngsters are approached in this way and threatened or intimidated, they should yell for help or go into the nearest shop and tell staff someone is trying to rob them.
"Many shops have direct radio links with the police and town centre CCTV camera operators."
Anyone with information about the thieves should phone Pc Dave Poole at Huddersfield CID on 01484 436582.