Manhunt launched for armed robber

Manhunt launched for armed robber

Manhunt launched for armed robber

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A manhunt has been launched after a man wielding a pistol robbed a newsagent at gunpoint.

The robber, who was wearing a motorcycle helmet, entered Maxted News and Food on Worthing Road, Rustington, yesterday carrying a handgun and demanding money from the till.

Owner Dharmesh Patel urged a customer to stay back as he handed over the money.

The 50-year-old said: “He came in showing a gun and told me to get money out of the till, I did and then he ran away.

“There was a customer in the shop, I told them to stand back while I handed over the money – the man got away with about £140.”

The robber fled on foot with the money and Mr Patel called the police.

He said: “It was frightening and something like this has never happened to me before in my 13 years running the shop.

“Five or six police cars came last night and we had to shut down – however we are open again now.

“We do have CCTV but he was wearing a helmet so we cannot see his face.”

Police are investigating and the man who was about 5ft 10in to 6ft and was wearing a blue hooded top.

Craig Dacey, 18, student and resident, said: “It was so chaotic down there - definitely a man-hunt.

“The police knocked on all the doors in the area and searched a bunch of garden sheds after finding an abandoned motorcycle helmet.”

A Spokesman from Sussex Police said: “A motorcycle helmet was found in the area.

“It is not clear if it is connected with the robbery. Police enquiries are continuing.”

Detective Sergeant Colin O'Hare, of West Sussex CID, said: “Incidents like this are rare, and while staff were shaken, no one was injured during this incident.

“Anyone who saw what happened or noticed anything suspicious in the area is asked to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, call 101 quoting serial 1213 or 14/5 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

 

 

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7:11am Fri 16 May 14

Martin999 says...

If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.
If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved. Martin999
  • Score: 2

9:50am Fri 16 May 14

tykemison says...

Correct Martin, the odds on this not being the goons helmet are miniscule and the idiot is looking at a long stretch for the princely sum of £140 as he's bound to have previous, unbelievable.
Correct Martin, the odds on this not being the goons helmet are miniscule and the idiot is looking at a long stretch for the princely sum of £140 as he's bound to have previous, unbelievable. tykemison
  • Score: 1

2:37pm Fri 16 May 14

Mr chock says...

Martin999 wrote:
If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.
ohh i hope the police have the dna on the data base ... i am actually in favor of the police having dna of every single immigrant too currently all they have is a finger prints and a photo its just not enough Vote ukip in May lets get out of Europes meddling with uk policies
[quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.[/p][/quote]ohh i hope the police have the dna on the data base ... i am actually in favor of the police having dna of every single immigrant too currently all they have is a finger prints and a photo its just not enough Vote ukip in May lets get out of Europes meddling with uk policies Mr chock
  • Score: -1

6:52pm Fri 16 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

Martin999 wrote:
If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.
Unfortunately this isn't CSI Rustington, it's Sussex Police.

Unless the guy hands himself in along with a signed confession and a video of himself commiting the crime, I'm guessing this will be filed under 'unsolved' i.e.the bin.
[quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this isn't CSI Rustington, it's Sussex Police. Unless the guy hands himself in along with a signed confession and a video of himself commiting the crime, I'm guessing this will be filed under 'unsolved' i.e.the bin. FatherTed11
  • Score: 2

6:57pm Fri 16 May 14

Martin999 says...

FatherTed11 wrote:
Martin999 wrote:
If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.
Unfortunately this isn't CSI Rustington, it's Sussex Police.

Unless the guy hands himself in along with a signed confession and a video of himself commiting the crime, I'm guessing this will be filed under 'unsolved' i.e.the bin.
Very cynical, But probably nearer the truth than my synopsis.
[quote][p][bold]FatherTed11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Martin999[/bold] wrote: If the motorcycle helmet can be identified as the one used by the robber, there is a good chance his DNA will be in it. With a bit more luck that DNA can be matched to one on the national database. Case solved.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this isn't CSI Rustington, it's Sussex Police. Unless the guy hands himself in along with a signed confession and a video of himself commiting the crime, I'm guessing this will be filed under 'unsolved' i.e.the bin.[/p][/quote]Very cynical, But probably nearer the truth than my synopsis. Martin999
  • Score: 2

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