A MAN was punched in the face and then robbed of his drone after he refused to buy cigarettes for a group of youths.
It happened when the 35-year-old victim was walking in Fratton Road, Fratton, at 10.45pm on Sunday.
After the man refused the youths’ request, one punched him in the face.
This caused him to drop his bag, which contained a white Husban Mini Drone in a box.
The thief grabbed the bag and ran off down Garnier Street, leading into Murefield Road and onto Arundel Street.
Detective Constable Samantha Hockley said: ‘The male offender was with a group of youths prior to the incident and some of those witnessed the robbery, so we are urging them to come forward and speak to us.
‘We would also like to hear from any businesses who have been offered a drone for sale since this incident and from residents in the area who noticed anything suspicious at the time of the assault.
‘The item stolen is slightly unusual so people might have information about where it is.’
The drone had four propellers and a fitted camera.
Police say the victim suffered minor injuries to his face but did not need hospital treatment.
The culprit was white, in his late teens to early 20s, of slim build and between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 11ins tall.
He was wearing a black, beanie-style hat, a dark hooded jacket, dark tracksuit trousers and had a bicycle before the assault.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Hockley on 101, quoting 44160047989, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.