Armed Robber Targets Nottingham Businesses
Gunman Threatens Staff and Customers at Carribean Businesses.
Police want to speak to a man in connection with six armed robberies in Nottingham.
In each one a man threatened staff and customers with a gun and stole cash - the businesses - all Caribbean - were all targeted between November and January.
On one occasion he is believed to have fled the area in a dark-coloured car driven by a second offender.
One victim, who wants to stay anonymous says "I was alone at the time. I thought he was a customer, but then I saw the gun.
It's not just the theft of a day?s takings that has impacted on the business, but it's the losses we are continuing to suffer in the aftermath.
It was a terrifying experience, and something that has completely affected my confidence and sense of security.
Not only does no one want to come to a shop that has been targeted by an armed robber, I have been closing up early and even turning away male customers because I?m just so scared it will happen again.
I plead to anyone who knows who is responsible for these robberies to call the police."
Now an e-fit image of a man police believe could have vital information about the robberies has been created.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin:
"On all occasions a black man has entered the premises in the late afternoon pretending to be a prospective customer. He has then threatened staff with a handgun and demanded they hand over cash.
While no one has been injured, understandably, the robberies have been very frightening and traumatic for the victims.We want to make sure this doesn?t happen to anyone else.
Have a close look at this image. Do you recognise this man? Do you know him? If so, I would urge you to get in touch with police immediately"
The robber is described as a black man of slim build with a square face. He speaks with a Jamaican accent.
During each robbery the man wore washed-out blue jeans, a dark waist-length coat, dark knitted gloves.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents or who knows the identity or whereabouts of the man in the image is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.