Police offer reward and release image of suspect after armed robberies

CCTV image of armed robber

CCTV image of armed robber - Credit: Archant

A REWARD has been offered and a CCTV image issued of a man wanted in connection with a series of armed robberies including one in Harpenden.

Photofit of armed robber

Photofit of armed robber - Credit: Archant

The Association of British Bookmakers has offered a reward of up to £10,000 for any information which leads to the arrest and prosecution of the man who is believed to have carried out eight robberies at bookmakers between February and March this year.

One was at Ladbrokes in Harding Place, Harpenden, at around 8.45pm on Saturday, February 23, when a man handed the cashier a white carrier bag and demanded money before leaving with a quantity of cash.

At other robberies in Northants, West Sussex and Leicestershire, staff were threatened with what appeared to be a gun.

The robber is described as black, between 5ft 5ins tall, possibly in his late 30s or early 40s and wearing a black hooded top during seven out of eight of the robberies. He has also been seen wearing a black hat with a scarf covering his face and white trainers.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact Northants Police on 101 and quote Operation Needle.