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Footage released of Digbeth robber who threatened to stab victim

Monday 16 June 2014

Police have released CCTV footage of a thief jumping over the counter of a Digbeth sandwich shop and threatening a member of staff before stealing money from the till.
 
It shows the offender, who claimed to have a knife, get away with a quantity of cash at Subway on the High Street earlier this year.
 
Despite extensive enquiries, including a detailed forensic analysis of scene, officers are no closer to identifying the person responsible and are turning to the public for help.

 
PC Karen Jones, from the Digbeth neighbourhood policing team, said: “This was extremely frightening for the victim, who’s been left so badly shaken he’s now working at another location.
 
“It’s sickening to think there are people out there who will think nothing of jumping over a shop counter and threatening to stab a member of staff, purely for their own financial gain.
 
“They’re a friendly, hard-working team down at Subway and nobody should feel scared to do their job, which is why I’m determined to get the justice they deserve and find the offender in this case."CCTV of the suspect
 
The man is described as black, around 6ft tall and of slim build. He was aged in his 30s, had some stubble and wore a black ‘Superdry’ branded coat with blue writing on the front and rear shoulders. 
 
PC Jones added: “Thankfully, crimes like this are rare in Digbeth and there’s been a 30 per cent reduction in robbery so far this year compared to the same period in 2013.
 
“But any crime is one too many and I would urge anyone who can help us identify this person to contact me and my team or pass the information to Crimestoppers."
 
The robber struck at around 6:45pm on 12 February.
 
Anyone who can assist with the investigation should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.