Letchworth cashpoint robbery: Suspect pulled out a knife before stealing police radio
PUBLISHED: 16:58 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 18 October 2017
The suspect in the alleged Letchworth cashpoint robbery yesterday was armed with a knife and stole an officer's radio police have confirmed - explaining the massive hunt involving armed officers, dogs and a helicopter.
The thief stole a railcard and attempted to steal cash from a 69-year-old victim at a Leys Avenue cashpoint at 10.15am before running towards Letchworth railway station.
A police officer followed the offender who boarded a Cambridge-bound train. He then produced a knife, and stole the officer’s police radio, which was later located.
The railcard has also since been recovered after being dropped.
Witnesses described more than 10 police cars heading to the scene along Station Road, with trains stopped northbound as officers went through carriages to search for the alleged thief. Police searched in and around the station for hours.
This, paired with alleged trespassing on the railway lines at Letchworth, meant rail services between Hitchin and Cambridge were affected until about 1pm.
Police continued searching at the scene until about 3.20pm, when they called the hunt off with no arrests made. Investigations are ongoing.
A force spokeswoman has told the Comet the suspect they are looking for is a black man with a West Indian accent, aged 20 to 40, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 5in tall. He was wearing a black jacket and black woolly hat.
Members of the public are asked not to approach him should they see him.
Detective Constable Ben Stacey, who is investigating, said: “This was a very distressing incident which has understandably left the victim upset. I am appealing for anybody who might have seen this incident to get in touch.
“Were you on the train at the time? If you were, please contact me as you may have information that can assist the investigation. Similarly, I am also interested in speaking to anyone who might have filmed the incident.”
Anyone with information should contact Herts police on 101, quoting crime reference G2/17/2403 or report information online at contacthertspolice.uk/Report/Crime.