Two robberies were reported in quick succession in adjacent roads on Friday night.
Two men threatened and assaulted a member of staff in a newsagent’s in Dumfries Street at about 9pm.
They left with several packets of cigarettes and a mobile phone.
About 45 minutes later in Stanley Street a woman, aged 35, was approached from behind by two men, one of whom grabbed her bag
One of the robbers grabbed her bag and during a struggle the strap of the bag snapped.
The victim tried to chase the men but both fled the scene with the victim’s black leather bag which contained cash and bank cards.
In both incidents, the offenders were described as white men, between 18-19 years old wearing dark clothing.
Det Con Lucy Arnold said: “I would urge anyone who was in the Dumfries Street or Stanley Street areas on Friday evening and saw two men matching the descriptions given to come forward and assist with these investigations.”
Anyone with information relating to this investigation can contact Det Con Arnold, in confidence, at Luton Police Station on 01582 394471, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.