CCTV image is released after knife raid at shop
09 January, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
CCTV image of the robbery suspect
DETECTIVES investigating a knifepoint robbery at a convenience store last month have released CCTV images as they appeal for information.
The suspect threatened workers at the Budgens store in Packington Square, near Angel, on the evening of December 11. Two employees were closing the shop and leaving the premises when they were forced back inside by a man holding a large carving knife. He threatened them and ordered them to get on the ground, with one of the workers escaping out of a side exit and another hiding in the staff facilities. The suspect rifled through the main office and the staff area behind the tills, making off with some cash, some bottles of alcohol and a backpack, before leaving the store via a side entrance in Packington Street.
The suspect is described as being a white male, in his 20s, and around 5ft 10 inches tall. He was wearing a dark jacket with a chequered lining, dark trousers, dark trainers with light stripes, black gloves, and a black holdall bag. Police believe the suspect may have had an accomplice acting as a lookout outside.
DC Alex Simmons, of Islington Police, said: “This was a planned and terrifying attack which left the victims in the greatest fear for their safety. The knifeman is thought to reside locally, so we urge anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images, or has any information that may assist our investigation, to contact.”
Anyone with information can call Islington CID via 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.