Phone shop hit by rob­bers

Fe­male staff mem­bers left fright­ened and shaken by raid

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FOUR rob­bers wear­ing yel­low wash­ing up gloves dragged and re­strained a sales as­sis­tant dur­ing a rob­bery at the Voda­fone store in Ruis­lip, po­lice have said.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the raid on Thurs­day April 2, 10.40am have this week re­leased CCTV images, pic­tured right, of the men who left staff at the shop in High Street shaken, be­fore mak­ing off with 14 mo­bile phones.

DC Anji Daw­son of Hilling­don Po­lice said: “The fe­male staff in­volved are still un­der­stand­ably shocked and fright­ened about what they en­coun­tered that day.

“Clearly the men were pre­pared to use force if the women did not com­ply with them.”

She added: “There is a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture to all the sus­pects – the yel­low wash­ing up gloves they were wear­ing. The High Street was busy that time of the morn­ing and there would have been many wit­nesses. I urge any­one who saw the sus­pects or what hap­pened to call us.”

Po­lice said the raiders walked in the shop and or­dered two fe­male sales as­sis­tants to go to a back room.

As one of the women tried to back away, she can be seen on CCTV be­ing re­strained and dragged to the rear of the store. The sus­pects de­manded the keys to a locked cage con­tain­ing brand new mo­bile phones. They stole the hand­sets, worth around £500 each.

The raiders are thought to be in their teens or 20s, and fled down Mid­croft.

De­tec­tives say it is pos­si­ble they got into a ve­hi­cle. The four were wear­ing dark clothes, hats and hoods and the dis­tinc­tive yel­low wash­ing up gloves.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion please call Uxbridge CID on 020 8246 1732 quot­ing ref­er­ence 0906811/15; or call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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