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Police hunt armed robber after attack on Olton shop

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man wanted for an attempted robbery, which featured in the Solihull News earlier this year.

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man wanted for an attempted robbery, which featured in the Solihull News earlier this year.

Dawn Essex, aged 39, had been alone in One Stop in Warwick Road, Olton at 6.15am on March 14, when a man held her up at knifepoint, demanding the shop’s cash.

After the staff member was unable to open the till, the offender attempted to do it himself before a customer entered the shop and he made off empty handed.

Shift manager Beckie Ball, aged 21, who had been out at the back of the shop, told us at the time: “This guy came in looking a bit shady. He went to look at the alcohol where my colleague was. She told him she couldn’t serve him before 8am and he pulled a knife on her. He was saying ‘give me the money, give me the cash’ but she told him she didn’t have the key.

“At that point a customer walked in. She was mouthing to them to call the police but they did nothing. I heard her going frantically mad on the staff bell. By the time I came out the man had gone and she was just hysterical.”

Police were called and three units arrived to investigate and view the shop’s CCTV footage.

The man was described as a white male, in his early 30s, of medium build, with dark stubble and around 6ft tall.

He was wearing dark clothing with a green stripes down the sleeves of the jacket and a black hat.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured or has information about the attempted robbery should call the police’s non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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