A manhunt has been launched by police following an armed robbery and another attempted one in North Lincolnshire.
Both incidents occurred at the One Stop Shop, Eton Court in Scunthorpe, on February 5 and 17.
A man with what appeared to be a small black firearm and an open umbrella was in the shop in an agitated state at about 10.30pm on February 17.
The man stood at the counter before he appeared to panic and exited the shop quickly, empty-handed. Police believe he turned left out of the store and headed towards a nearby fish and chip shop.
In this incident the offender is described as a white male, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, of a stocky build and with piercing blue eyes. He was wearing a belted black coat, latex gloves, a black mask/balaclava, grey coloured jogging bottoms, which had three stripes down them, white trainers and a grey hooded top. He was carrying a ‘Dunlop’ golf umbrella.
Less than two weeks earlier on February 5, a man who police believe was the same person, entered the shop at 10.30pm, approached the female cashier, pointed to his blue carrier bag and said the word “money”. The woman placed cash in to the bag, and despite the man demanding more she explained there was nothing else, and he left.
The man was reported as having a firearm that was not used during the incident. He had a black and grey golf umbrella open that covered his face as he stood at the counter and wore a balaclava.
Extra police patrols have been mounted across North Lincolnshire and police appeal for anyone who may have seen anything to come forward. Other commercial premises around Scunthorpe and the Isle are asked to remain vigilant and check on security measures.
The “Dunlop” branded umbrella that was used may have been bought locally and police ask shopkeepers if they remember selling it to anyone recently? Or has an umbrella like this gone missing?
Police appeal to the general public to help get this man arrested and brought to justice before he strikes again.
Anyone who can identify this man, or provide police with information is asked to call Humberside Police tel 101 quoting crime reference BG/2027386/2014 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously tel 0800 555 111.