Runner robbed in Ashburton

An Ashburton man was robbed of $700 and a cellphone as he prepared to set out for a run on Thursday morning.

The man had parked his blue and silver Toyota Hilux truck in the Ashburton River Track parking area at the end of Trevors Road when he was approached by two men who asked him for a smoke as he prepared to leave his truck around 9.15am, police said.

One man then hit the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground where he was kicked in the ribs and then stomped on.

The two alleged offenders then took the man's cell phone and $700 cash from his wallet.

They were last seen heading towards the Ashburton River bridge then along the Ashburton River Track, police said.

Ashburton police Constable Nathan Forbes said the victim had a large amount of money on him as he was going to purchase products for his new business after his run.

His cell phone was left behind in his truck after the alleged incident.

"The Ashburton River Track is regularly used by the community and we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the yesterday at around the time of the incident as they may have seen something that could help with our inquiries," Mr Forbes said.

"We believe this is an isolated incident and would like to reassure the Ashburton community that there is no need for alarm."

Ashburton police wanted to hear about anyone who had come into some money recently, or who had more disposable cash than they usual, Mr Forbes said.

One of the alleged offenders was described as Polynesian, in his mid 20's, with average length scruffy hair, approximately 6 feet tall and of a solid build.

He was wearing a dark hoody, shorts and jandals.

The other man was also described as Polynesian, in his mid 20's, with a skinny build and wearing a red t-shirt and green hat.

Police were also appealing for the driver and occupants of another vehicle, with a trailer with a dirt bike on the back of it, which was seen in the Trevors Road car park area at the time of the incident to contact them, Mr Forbes said.

Anyone with information they believed could assist police were asked to call Ashburton Police on 03 307 8400. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- NZME

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