Detectives investigating an attempted knifepoint robbery in Christchurch have issued a CCTV image of the suspect and call on the public to contact them with any information.
The incident took place at the Nisa store in Marlow Drive at 8:35pm Monday 15 January, when a man entered the convenience shop and approached a member of staff who was working at the till.
The suspect, a white male in his late 20s, demanded money from the till and produced a large silver knife. The staff member resisted and picked up a wooden stool to defend himself, before proceeding to press the panic alarm and leave the store with a fellow member of staff.
The suspect then left the scene, heading along Marlow Drive in the direction of Hillside. No customers were present and nothing was taken from the store.
He demanded money from the till and produced a large silver knife. The staff member resisted and picked up a wooden stool to defend himself. He then pressed the panic alarm and left the store with another staff member who was working in the shop at the time.
The members of staff contacted police and the suspect, left the scene, heading along Marlow Drive in the direction of Hillside Drive. He was slim build with dark eyes, wearing a jacket with the hood up and a scarf covering his mouth and nose. He He was also wore black tracksuit bottoms and transparent plastic gloves and was carrying a black rucksack. The man was said to speak in a European accent.
On an appeal released on the Dorset Police website, Detective Constable Matt Loader, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are making extensive enquiries into this incident to identify the offender and I am releasing a CCTV image of the suspect in the hope that somebody might recognise him or the clothing he is wearing.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 555180007601. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.