Clear images released of building society robbery suspect
Crystal clear images have been released of a suspected bank robber who demanded money from staff in Ward End, claiming he had a gun.
Police were called to the Washwood Heath Road branch of West Bromwich Building Society at around 2.15pm on Wednesday 25 June after a man, wearing a high-vis top, had been into the store and robbed a large amount of cash.
The offender, who also wore sunglasses and a hard hat, lifted a satchel bag up to the counter and pointed it at staff, suggesting he had a gun inside, before demanding they hand over the contents of the till drawer.
Further demands were declined when staff confirmed they couldn’t open the locked tills, causing the man to calmly walk out of the building society in the direction of the Fox and Goose pub.
Detective Constable Craig Oakley, from Force CID, is investigating the raid. He said: “The man was quite brazen and obviously did not realise that he had been captured on the building society’s CCTV system.
“He was wearing several items that made him distinctive, from the black school-type satchel, to spotty white and blue trainers.
“We now need people to come forward to help us identify the suspect so he can be questioned in connection with this crime."
The offender is described as an African-Caribbean man, with a light skin complexion, aged in his early to mid 30s, of slim build, with a slight beard and he had a clear Birmingham accent. He was wearing a white builder’s hard-hat, a high visibility long sleeved tabard, round prescription-type glasses, a white or light t-shirt, a black satchel, dark gloves and black and grey construction-type trousers.
Anyone with information should call Force CID in Birmingham by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.