A man armed with a handgun robbed a shop in Wootton this morning and police have released CCTV images.
Police have released CCTV images of a man who was involved in an armed robbery that took place at a convenience shop in Wootton this morning Monday, August 25.
The incident took place at around 7.45am at Dillon’s Newsagents in Cause End Road when the member of staff on duty heard a knock at the back door. Expecting a delivery, she opened the door but was confronted by a man who was armed with what appeared to be a handgun.
The offender marched the member of staff to the office and forced her to empty the safe. The offender then fled the store through the back door and the member of staff set off the panic alarm.
Officers quickly attended the location and were able to retrieve images of the offender from the CCTV system. The offender was wearing a mask on his face, grey jogging bottoms and a very distinctive hooded top with two stripes down the arm and the number 53 on the front in white numbers.
CCTV also revealed that the offender arrived on a unique looking silver and red mountain bike.
Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, who is overseeing the investigation, is keen to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery and may have seen the offender either before or after the attack.
DI Waite said: “This was a terrifying experience for the member of staff who feared that she was going to be seriously harmed if she did not empty the safe. Wootton is a close knit community and I hope that someone will recognise the clothing being worn or the bike being ridden by the offender who escaped with a substantial amount of cash.
“I would encourage anyone who may have witnessed the robbery taking place or may have information about the offender to contact Bedfordshire Police immediately. Even the smallest piece of information could help us with our enquiries.”
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Surinder Ram, in confidence, on 01234 275346, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.