Waltham Abbey: Armed Robbery At Pub

1 June 2012, 09:26

An efit's been released of one of two suspects following an armed robbery at a pub in Waltham Abbey.

Shortly after 11pm on Friday May 11th two men, armed with knives, ran into the Wheatsheaf at Crooked Mile and demanded money from the till.

One staff member received a slight cut to his hand while being threatened by one of the thieves who managed to get hold of a four-figre sum of cash.

Nine customers were also threatened at knifepoint and were ordered to hand over any mobile telephones. Three phones were stolen. Two female customers also had their handbags searched but nothing was taken.

Investigating officer DS Michael Orr said: "This was an extremely frightening incident for the staff and customers. The thieves were brandishing what we believe were large kitchen knives and one member of staff was slightly injured during the incident. 

"We believe that the two thieves had been pacing up and down the road outside the pub for about 30 minutes before they rushed in.

"We want to hear from anyone who saw them either before the robbery or afterwards when they ran off on foot."

The men were both aged in their 20s and were both wearing black hooded tops, black jogging bottoms and black trainers. One of them was black, about 6ft tall and of large muscular build. The other man was white , about 5ft 10in and of slim build.

Anyone with information should contact DS Orr at the Harlow Target Offender Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.