Gunman holds up store for four bottles of wine

PUBLISHED: 16:57 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

Police are appealing for information about the man caught on CCTV

Police are appealing for information about the man caught on CCTV

AN ARMED raider held up shop staff at gunpoint to steal just four bottles of wine. The robbery happened at around 12.40am yesterday (Monday) at the Marks and Spencer Simply Food store at the BP garage in Watling Street, Park Street. Police have released C

The robber threatened staff with what is believed to be a handgun

AN ARMED raider held up shop staff at gunpoint to steal just four bottles of wine.

The robbery happened at around 12.40am yesterday (Monday) at the Marks and Spencer Simply Food store at the BP garage in Watling Street, Park Street.

Police have released CCTV stills of the suspect and are appealing for more information.

The man, who had concealed his appearance, threatened a shop assistant with what is believed to have been a black handgun.

He then took the male shop assistant to the alcohol section and forced him to pull up the shutter so that he could take four bottles of wine.

As the culprit turned to leave, another shop assistant tried to stop him but was also threatened with a gun.

The man then left the shop and headed towards the nearby Park Street roundabout.

Det Sgt Jason Finnegan, investigating, said: "This was a very unpleasant experience for the shop assistants, although fortunately neither of them were injured. We take incidents of this kind very seriously and will work tirelessly to bring the offenders to justice."

He added: "I am appealing for anyone who can identify the man in the stills to come forward, or if they have any information on the offence."

Anyone with any information on this crime should ring DS Finnegan on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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