Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following an attempted robbery at the Co-op store in Bearwood.
A man entered the shop on Ringwood Road on Saturday 19 April at around 7.45pm and approached a female member of staff who was behind the counter. He bought a scratch card and handed over the money to pay for it. When the cashier opened the till he reached over the counter, grabbed the till drawer with his left hand and brandished a small knife in the other hand while demanding she hand over all the cash. She screamed loudly and he ran out of the shop taking only the scratch card with him.
He is described as a white man approximately five feet five inches tall, in his mid to late thirties and of stocky build. He was wearing a black Adidas tracksuit top, grey tracksuit bottoms and a black woollen hat.
Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence, of Bournemouth CID, said: “It was fortunate the offender was scared off and no one was injured, however the member of staff was left very shocked.
“Following enquiries I am now able to release two CCTV images of the suspect.
“I would ask him or anyone who recognises him, to contact me urgently.
“I am keen to speak with anyone who has any information that may help with the investigation.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 19:100 Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.