Wednesday, March 26, 2014
New images have been released of a man police urgently want to speak to after a robbery in Honiton.
The incident took place at Banwell Antiques in High Street last Saturday. Police say a female member of staff, who was working alone, opened up the store at around 9am and was grabbed from behind before being tied up.
The woman was left very shaken but not physically injured and is being supported by officers and her family. Detective Sergeant Mark Oldershaw, who is leading the investigation, said: “We know the robbery took place as the victim was opening up the store at around 9am. What we would like to know is did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the hours before or after this? The victim’s handbag was stolen during this incident so any information with regards to the disposal of this is also of significant interest.”
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the hours before or after the incident or saw any items of clothing discarded such as a rucksack or hat similar to those captured in the CCTV images.
The man is described as being white, of slim build, unshaven, with short dark hair and is aged between 30 to 50. He was wearing a blue coat, blue denim jeans, black trainers, beige coloured flat cap and was carrying a blue rucksack and black holdall bag.
A quantity of jewellery was stolen during the robbery - the value of which has not been fully ascertained.
Officers are also asking anyone who is approached and offered jewellery for sale to contact them.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 and quote log number 467 of March 22. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.