This dramatic image released by police shows an armed robber fleeing the scene of his bungled crime at a greengrocers in broad daylight, before he seized cash in another raid in Cheslyn Hay.
Officers investigating the terrifying hold up at Jessica’s Fresh Foods in Cannock believe the man pictured here robbed Signal Cards and Balloons in Cheslyn Hay 15 minutes later. They are appealing for help from witnesses as they hunt the knife-wielding suspect, who injured two customers at Jessica’s.
He targeted the stores on July 26. A 34-year-old customer suffered injuries to his arms during the Jessica’s robbery and was taken to Stafford Hospital, while a female shopper was treated for minor injuries at the scene. It happened at around 2.30pm at the greengrocers in Market Street.
Police said the raider fled empty-handed after trying to take money from the tills.
The same man is also believed to have robbed Signal Cards and Balloons in Station Street around 15 minutes later on the same day. Cash was stolen from the store and a member of staff had her handbag taken. It contained cash and bank cards. The raider escaped on a Suzuki motorbike.
The man is described as white, slim, around 5ft 5ins tall, with a tanned complexion.
He was wearing a blue two-tone jacket that had the words ‘Goodride’ across the shoulders and a Laser helmet with a chameleon on each side. Police have also released an image of the helmet.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.