York armed robbery update: £1,000 reward offered for information

1 Sep 2014 @ 7.18 pm
| Crime, News
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MacRae’s First Stop on Huntington Road in York. Photograph: Google maps

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information that helps convict the armed robber who held up a York corner shop at gunpoint.

Two women were threatened by a man brandishing a handgun at MacRae’s First Stop on Huntington Road in York.

The man walked into the shop at about 8.50pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014. He demanded money and cigarettes, which the shop staff gave him.

He is described as white, around 5ft 4in to 5ft 5in tall.

At the time, he was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with thin horizontal stripes up the arms and across the hood. He was carrying a JD Sports carrier bag.

The reward of £1,000 is available for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

“I would like to thank those people who have already come forward and provided us with information,” said Detective Sergeant Fionna McEwan.

“If you were in the Huntington Road area around the time of the robbery, and have not yet contacted the police, I ask you to do so straight away.

“Even the smallest detail could help us to identify the man responsible.”

The reward will be paid by Crimestoppers after a suspect has been convicted in court.

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact York CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Mike Avison.

Or email information to York CID by clicking here.

 


29-08-2014   3.44pm

Armed robber holds up York shop at gunpoint

An armed robber held up a shop in York at gunpoint on Thursday night (August 28), police have revealed.

Detectives have appealed for the public’s help after the robbery at MacRaes First Stop newsagents on Huntington Road.

The suspect entered the shop around 8.50pm on Thursday and threatened two women, working in the shop, with a handgun.

He demanded cash and cigarettes. He was handed money and several packets of cigarettes.

The robber is described as white, around 5ft 4in to 5ft 5in tall. At the time, he was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with thin horizontal stripes up the arms and across the hood.

He was carrying a JD Sports carrier bag.

Detective Sergeant Fionna McEwan, of York CID, said: “Thankfully no one in the shop was injured as a result of this incident.

“However, they have quite naturally been left shaken by the experience.

“If you have any information which could help to identify the man responsible I urge you to contact the police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone who can assist with this investigation should contact York CID on 101, select option 2 and ask for Mike Avison. Alternatively, information can be emailed to York CID.

For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111.