Manager left shaken after robbers take cash and gold

By Harriet Ernstsons 09/05 Updated: 11/05 10:14

Buy photos » The robbers leaving Cash Converters, one of them having removed the orange high visibility vest he had been wearing. (s)

THE MANAGER of a town centre shop was barricade inside a toilet while two robbers stole a substantial amount of cash and jewellery.

The incident happened at 8.20am at Cash Converters, Unicorn Hill, on Wednesday (May 9). As the manager opened up the store he was approached by two men who had their faces covered.

He was bundled into the toilet and furniture was dragged across the door to barricade him inside while they stole the money and gold jewellery from the safe. He was not hurt during the incident and no weapons were seen.

After leaving the store, the men were caught on CCTV crossing Unicorn Hill to Bates Hill and heading up to Church Road towards the Diamond bus depot.

One of the robbers wore a dark hooded top under an orange high visibility vest, a distinctive Russian-style winter hat, dark trousers, white trainers and was carrying a white bag. The other had a bright orange vest, a white hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms with a lighter coloured stripe down the legs, predominantly grey trainers and carrying a black holdall.

Det Sgt Adam Hartwright of Redditch CID said the manager, although not hurt, had been left shaken by the incident.

"We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing these men near Cash Converters early that morning or walking away after the robbery.

"One of them was wearing his orange, high visibility vest as he left while the other had removed his and was wearing a white top with the hood up.

"We don't know yet how they left the area so if you saw them on a bus or getting into a car then please get in touch - the smallest bit of information could be vital to our investigation and it is important we catch these people."

Anyone with any information should call DS Hartwright on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident number 75-S-090512, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Buy photos» The robbers forced the manager to lock the shop door before stealing cash and jewellery from the safe. (s)

Buy photos» Both robbers wore high visibility, orange vests over hooded tops during the raid. (s)

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