In a tweet he offered a reward to anyone who could provide information that would help.
He said: ‘I’ve just had my phone grabbed out my hands by 3 boys wearing balaclavas on bikes (Finchley Road & Canfield gardens). They laughed as I shouted to drop it.
‘I’m in shock but am insured & privileged. Others are less lucky. Help me find these people & stop them (financial reward).’
He was sent support by his friends and colleagues on Twitter, with This Morning star Dr Ranj Singh writing: ‘Oh no!! Hope you’re ok love!! x’
Newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy said: ‘You poor thing! What absolute b******s.
‘Main thing is you’re ok. Tried texting you but…..doh. Call if you need anything.’
TV presenter and singer Aled Jones said: ‘Hope you’re ok and sending love x’.
Paul Brand, ITV’s UK News Editor replied: ‘I’m sorry Rob, that’s horrid. Hope you catch them!’ and presenter Shelagh Fogerty said: ‘Hope you’re ok.’
The London Met Police told Metro.co.uk in a statement: ‘Police are investigating after receiving a report of a theft at approximately 20.40 hrs on Wednesday, 24 March on Finchley Road.
‘Three males dressed in black approached the victim and took his mobile phone.
‘Enquiries are on-going. No arrests at this early stage.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted a representative for Robert for comment.
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