10 May 2011, 17:24
Motorists caught in early evening traffic may be able to help detectives investigating a robbery in Dunstable.
It happened when two men entered Thompson Travel in Queensway at 5.05pm on Friday 6 May and demanded cash.
One offender stood guard over a staff member and four customers while the other took a worker into a rear office and stole a quantity of cash from a till.
The offenders, who shouted aggressively but did not appear to be armed, then fled out of the shop and turned right before making good their escape.
DC Gill Cowley, of the Dunstable-Based Serious Crime Investigation Team, says it is possible shoppers leaving the nearby Asda store, or other motorists using Queensway, may have seen the men.
Both were black and one was aged about 25, 5ft 8ins tall and of average build. He wore distinctive black framed sunglasses with mirror lenses, a grey jumper, light blue tight jeans, a grey beanie hat, black and white Converse-style trainers and black gardening type gloves.
The second was aged about 23, 5ft 10ins, well built and wore a black ribbed hat, black jacket, black long sleeved cardigan with grey V-neck, dark blue jeans and black pumps with white detailing.
DC Cowley said: “Although no-one was hurt this was a shocking experience for the two staff members and two couples who were in the shop at the time.
“It was broad daylight in a busy part of Dunstable and it’s possible that someone saw the offenders running off, or getting into a vehicle. If so, we need to speak to them immediately.
“Cash taken included Egyptian pounds, Dominican pesos, US dollars and Euros and we would be interested in speaking to anyone who is asked to change that.”
Anyone with information can contact DC Cowley, in confidence, on 01582 473386, the main switchboard on 01234 841212, text to 07786 2000 11 or telephone Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.