A deadly stun gun is believed to have been used to mug a young man on a Doncaster street.
It is believed to be the first time such a weapon – used to fire a powerful electric shock – has been used by criminals in a planned robbery in Doncaster.
Police said the 24-year-old shop worker was walking along Queen Mary’s Road, Rossington, to take money to a bank when he was assaulted from behind.
Officers believe a stun gun may have been used in the incident, but the victim was not seriously injured.
The robber got away with what is thought to have been a substantial amount of cash after grabbing the man’s bag.
The mugging happened at around 4pm on Monday, July 14.
Superintendent Eddie Murphy, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “It is possible the perpetrator knew that the complainant would be carrying the money at that time.”
The suspect, who escaped on foot, is described as white, about 5ft 8ins and slim.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A shop worker carrying cash to a bank was allegedly assaulted using a stun device and had money taken from him. The man suffered injuries.
“A 36-year-old man from the Doncaster area was arrested and is in police custody being questioned by detectives. Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information.”
Possession of stun guns is illegal in the UK and using one carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
However, they are increasingly being imported into the country by mail order from the United States or eastern Europe, where they are permitted for ‘self defence’ and can be bought for about £60.
Some are disguised as mobile phone or torches but can deliver a voltage 20 times stronger than the Tasers used by South Yorkshire Police, similar to the one pictured.
Stun guns are meant to paralyse victims instantly and leave them in excruciating pain. In some cases they have been linked to brain damage and even death.
They are becoming popular with gangs in London since a crackdown on guns and knives.
Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the Metropolitan Police has investigated more than 200 crimes involving the weapons in the past three years. Over the same period they seized about 500 stun guns.
* Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on, 101 quoting incident number 731 of July 14 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.