Man with knife tries to take boy's bike

A man who chased a boy with a knife, demanding his bike, is being sought by police.

Sergeant Boyd Smart, of Mosgiel, said the 10-year-old boy was riding his new bike in Murray St, Mosgiel, about 3.50pm on Tuesday when a man he rode past pulled a knife on him.

"The male demanded the bike as the child rode past him before chasing him a short distance down Murray St," he said.

"The boy was able to evade the male by biking down the alleyway linking Murray St and Stirling Cres, where he rode to a friend’s address."

The alleged offender was described as a Maori or Polynesian man in his 30s or 40s, with short, dark hair.

He was wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark pants and dark sneakers. He had a tattoo on his left hand and the pocket knife had a gold handle with a silver blade.

 - Police 105, Crimestoppers 0800 555-111.

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