Armed robbery, Plymouth
Police release footage of masked raider threatening staff with improvised weapon
Police have appealed for information after an armed robber made off with a haul of cash from a Plymouth shop.
Detectives have released CCTV footage of the raid which happened at the Co-Op in Beaumont Road on Sunday 5 January at around 9.55pm.
They hope members of the public can help to identify the male suspect, who was wearing a balaclava and medical gloves and dressed in dark clothing, through his voice or distinctive gait.
Footage shows the robber approach the checkout and calmly ask to be taken to the safe.
He threatened staff with an improvised weapon.
The suspect made off in the direction of Gwyn Road with around £900 in cash.
He described is a white male, around 5ft 10in tall and of large build, with a distinctive gait and walk.
Police have urged anyone with information to come forward and would like to hear from taxi drivers or other motorists who were in the area at the time.
Detective Sergeant Darren Roach said: “This appears to be a well-planned robbery where the offender has made significant efforts to conceal his identity and route to the location.
“I would appeal to anyone recognising his distinctive walk, and voice, to contact police quoting crime reference CR/001477/20 with any relevant information.
“Any motorists using Beaumont Road, Gwyn Road or the surrounding area who may have captured the male on dash camera could provide critical support to this investigation.”
Call police on 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting crime reference: CR/001477/20.
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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