Police searching for armed robber who stole almost £30k cash from Manchester supermarket
Images of a man police want to speak to after a cash-in-transit robbery took place at a busy Manchester supermarket have been released.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed that the images have been shared with the public in the search for information after officers were alerted to reports of an armed robbery at Asda on Princess Road shortly after 9:40am this past Saturday (24 September).
Specialist firearms officers were deployed to the scene shortly after the reports were made.
It’s been established after subsequent enquiries carried out by Longsight CID that the offender pointed what is thought to be a black pistol at a security guard and then made off with a bag of cash that contained an estimated £28,500 of cash.
Thankfully the security guard wasn’t physically injured, police have confirmed, but he was left “understandably shaken” by the ordeal.
Following on from the incident, GMP is now wanting to identify a white man of a medium build who is believed aged between 30 and 40 years-old, and was wearing a green parker jacket, dark Adidas hat, black gloves, dark tracksuit bottoms, and grey trainers.
This man is understood to have been in the area around the time of the incident.
He left in the direction of Princess Parkway, heading away from city centre riding a silver-framed mountain bike with black writing on it, GMP has explained.
At present, no arrests have been made.
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GMP has explained that extensive work is now being done by investigators who are trawling CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses, but a public appeal for information has also been launched alongside the release of the CCTV images.
“I can’t imagine the fear that the security guard felt when the offender committed this terrifying and outrageous act,” explained Detective Inspector Kat McKeown.
“We know there were people near the supermarket who will also have felt shock and fright at the incident, and I can assure everyone concerned that we are working tirelessly to identify and capture the man responsible.
“So far we have spoken to a number of people and we are keen to ensure that everyone who was in the area on Saturday morning, and who could have information, is spoken to – so if you haven’t already then please contact us.”
Anyone with information should call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 6049 or 101 quoting incident 1018 of 24/09/2022, or details can instead be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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