Robber Sought After Raids On Birmingham Newsagents

23 April 2015, 07:49 | Updated: 23 April 2015, 07:54

Police are appealing for information after a Birmingham newsagents was robbed twice at knifepoint in the space of three weeks.

The man first walked into Khan Newsagents, on Holyhead Road, Handsworth, at around 8.45am on Sunday March 15 and threatened the shopkeeper with a knife, before grabbing £200 from the till and running off.

It’s thought the same man struck again at the same time, on Monday April 6, when the store was the scene of a second crime − this time a member of staff was threatened with a knife while the 31-year-old assistant was forced to hand over the contents of the till.

The offender is described as an Asian man, around 6ft tall, of heavy build, in his 40s, with a beard. In the first raid he wore a grey hooded zip-up coat, which appeared to have two holes or rips around the neck area, dark jeans, black top and he had a white scarf with black markings across his face. Three weeks later the suspect is described as wearing a blue hooded Adidas top, grey jeans and his face was covered with a red and orange bandana or scarf.

DC Lynval Dell, from Birmingham West and Central Investigation Team, said: "All of our enquiries to date lead us to believe the same man has committed both of these crimes.

"We want to hear from anyone who recognises him and we urge people to call us as soon as possible with information.

"The man is prepared to carry a knife and threaten shop staff in order to get his hands on a relatively small amount of cash, therefore we are very keen to identify him as soon as possible."