Knifeman robs Co-op store

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AN ARMED robber threatened a Scarborough shop assistant with a knife before escaping with cash from the till.

Police have today launched an appeal for information about the armed robbery.

A 21-year-old male shop assistant at the Co-op convenience store in Westwood Road was forced to hand over cash from the till after being threatened with the six-inch blade.

No-one was injured in the robbery, but staff members were left badly shaken after the incident. Additional security measures have now been introduced at the store.

A CCTV image of the prime suspect was released by police yesterday.

PC Chris Parker-Beagrie, of Scarborough CID, said: “I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible for this incident or anyone who witnessed the robbery itself to contact the police or Crimestoppers.

“I am hoping that someone will recognise the suspect from the CCTV image taken from the store and let us know who he is.”

The robbery was carried out at around 12.10pm on Saturday January 22, although police have only just released details. The store was shut after the incident but reopened later that day.

After the terrified shop assistant handed over the cash, the robber made off in the direction of Valley Road.

The suspect is white, aged in his mid-30s, around 5ft 8in tall, with a medium build and a short black full beard.

He was wearing an olive green puffa jacket, blue jeans and a black beanie hat.

A spokesperson for the Co-operative Group said yesterday: “CCTV footage has been given to the police. As with any incident such as this, we would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone who can provide information about the offence is urged to contact PC Parker-Beagrie, of Scarborough CID, on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number 12110011747.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.