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Council CCTV footage outside the shop shows the thief walking towards the newsagent with a mask on

A newsagent is hoping local residents can help him identify a man who raided his shop for cash and cigarettes. Leading supplier of commercial security installations, AlertSystems, responds to the report.
Police are on the hunt for an armed robber who raided a newsagent in Rothley, Leicestershire on November 18th. The incident occurred around 8:45am, as a masked man entered the Mercury News Shop brandishing a hammer.

The man then ordered a female assistant to lock the door and turn off the lights, as he broke the shop’s safe open with the hammer and took cash and cigarettes from inside. The robber stuffed his findings into a bag and then made off into the streets. Fortunately the assistant was not harmed but the man roughly pushed her aside to get to the safe.

Council CCTV footage outside the shop shows the thief walking towards the newsagent with a mask on and the bag over his shoulder moments before the incident. Mercury News manager Dale Smith is now appealing to the public for help in identifying and capturing the crook, and is hoping someone can reveal some more details about the suspect.

“He was captured on CCTV walking towards the shop just before the robbery,” claimed Mr Smith. “People must have noticed him as he was wearing a latex mask and a hooded top. There were plenty of people about and he was carrying a bag over his shoulder.” Mr Smith went on to say that this was the first robbery at the shop in the nine years that he’d been working there.

Local residents are now being asked to come forward with any information they have regarding the suspect, who is around 5ft 8 inches, of medium build, and was wearing a navy hooded top and navy or black jeans or trousers during the incident. He was also wearing thin leather gloves.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, a leading authority in providing business security installations, commented on the story. “It’s always terrible to hear of small businesses that have been targeted by criminals and the fact that this man was carrying a dangerous weapon on him makes it even more appalling.

“Hopefully a member of the public can come forward and reveal more information about the masked man, who deserves to answer for his wrongdoings. This incident highlights the need for small businesses to have some form of CCTV system installed inside the premises, as visible cameras can act as a deterrent for petty thieves looking to grab some quick cash.

“The fact that this was the first incident of its kind at the shop shows you can never be too careful, a crime could always be just around the corner. Council security systems are very helpful but sometimes that isn’t enough. Businesses need all the help they can get at protecting themselves.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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