Man robbed at knifepoint near a York cashpoint

Tesco Express on Goodramgate, York. Photograph: Richard McDougall
11 Aug 2016 @ 11.23 am
| Crime

Two men threatened a man with a knife and stole the money he had just been issued at a York city centre cashpoint.

The robbery happened on Goodramgate in broad daylight at around 6.10pm on Wednesday (August 10). It took place near the York Roast Co, close to the junction with Low Petergate.

The victim, a 59-year-old man, had just used the cash machine at Tesco Express on Goodramgate. He was walking along the street when he felt an arm around his shoulder and a man ushering him towards a wall.

At the same time a second man, who was holding a knife, stood in front of him blocking his path.

The two men spoke with a foreign accent, and the man with his arm around the victim has gestured to him to give him the money. The victim was also threatened by the men.

During the incident, the men were all smiles as if to give the impression that they were friends having a chat.

The victim, fearing for his safety, handed over the money that he had just withdrawn. The suspects then thanked him before leaving the area. The whole incident happened very quickly.

The victim was physically unharmed, but very shaken up by the incident.

Have you seen them?

Suspect 1 is…

about 5ft 11in tall
of stocky but toned build
aged between 26 to 30 years old
unshaven, with black hair
has brown eyes and olive skin
spoke with a foreign accent
and was of eastern European appearance.

He was wearing

a tight gym top
black jogging trousers
and trainers

Suspect 2 is…

about 5ft 11in tall
with an olive complexion
of smaller build to the first man, but still toned
aged between 24 to 26

He was

dressed in a similar way to the first suspect.

There is potentially a third suspect involved in the incident who spoke to the victim afterwards. He had a similar appearance to the first two.

Police warning

The York Roast Co on the corner of Goodramgate and Low Petergate
The York Roast Co on the corner of Goodramgate and Low Petergate

Police are advising members of the public to be vigilant when they are using cash machines.

They also appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the suspects to contact them.

Detective Constable Robert Brook of York Serious Crime Team said:

This robbery happened in broad daylight, in a busy street in York and there will have been a lot of people around at the time.

It’s possible that people saw the men, but due to their “friendly” approach, and the speed with which the incident happened, passers-by may not have been aware of what was happening.

I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anyone matching the men’s description, or who believe they witnessed the incident, to please contact the police.

It’s possible that the men were hanging around in the area of the cash machine, waiting for a suitable victim to approach.

In the meantime, I urge anyone using cash machines to be vigilant, be aware of who is standing around or watching you as you use the machine.

If in doubt, move to another location and report any suspicious people to the police.

Anyone who can help police is asked to contact them. Details below.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Serious Crime Team
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Email the Serious Crime Team here
Quote reference number 12160143873