Brave shop staff foil would-be robber who claimed to be armed with weapon

The man attempted to rob the Spar store in St Olaves Precinct, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The man attempted to rob the Spar store in St Olaves Precinct, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

Staff at a convenience shop in Bury St Edmunds were threatened by a man claiming to have a blade during an attempted robbery.

The incident happened just before 8pm on Tuesday, March 24 at the Spar Store in St Olaves Precinct.

A man entered the store demanding the staff put money into a bag for him> However, staff refused.

When they said no, he instead asked for alcohol and cigarettes and made reference to using a “blade”.

No weapons were brandished or seen during the incident and no-one was harmed.


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The suspect is described as white, approximately 5ft 10in tall and of a stocky build.

He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, with the hood up, and a black scarf covering his mouth and nose.

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He was wearing grey trainers with white soles.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact West CID at Bury St Edmunds Police Station, quoting reference 37/17919/20.

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