Attempted robbery at St Albans off-licence

A SHOPKEEPER was allegedly threatened with a knife during an attempted robbery at an off-licence in St Albans.

The incident happened at Waverley Stores, in Waverley Road, at around 10.45pm on June 1.

According to police, two masked men entered the store and allegedly demanded that the cash register be opened.

The shop attendant refused and one of the men then produced a knife, while the other attempted to walk behind the counter, towards the victim.

The victim shouted at the men and managed to dial 999.

Then men then left the shop empty-handed and walked along Waverley Road, in the direction of St Albans City Hospital.

The first man is described as black, aged 17-18 years old, around 5ft 10in and of slim build. He was wearing a dark blue Puffa-style jacket with a hood up and a scarf over his face.

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The second man is also described as black, aged 17-18 years old, around 5ft 10in and of slim build, but also described as having yellowish eyes. He was wearing a dark coat with a dark hood up and a scarf over his face. He was wearing a black and white rucksack with straps on both shoulders.

DC Andrew Yuill, from the St Albans Local Crime Unit, said: “I’m keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen these men in the area before or after the incident took place.

“This was a frightening incident for the victim and we want to track down those responsible as quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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