DETECTIVES have released dramatic CCTV images of the moment a man armed with a pump-action shotgun stormed into an Asda supermarket and stole a cash security box.
The lone suspect struck this morning (Friday) at 6.17am, targeting a Loomis security van that was attending the store on Priesteners Way, Leigh.
When the driver entered the premises, the offender pointed a shotgun at him and demanded he hand over the cash box he was carrying.
After snatching the cash box, the robber got into a light-blue Ford Focus and drove off along Atherleigh Way in the direction of Atherton.
The images released by police show the man, who is wearing a full-faced balaclava, carrying the gun and making off with the box.
He is described as male, of heavy build, wearing dark tracksuit-style trousers, possibly Adidas or similar with stripes running down each leg, a dark jacket with blue-lined hood, a high visibility vest over the jacket and dark footwear.
This was a particularly daring robbery, considering the man was apparently acting aloneDetective Inspector Martin Reddington
Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: “This was a particularly daring robbery, considering the man was apparently acting alone.
“Fortunately no one was injured, but the security guard was obviously left extremely shaken.
“The clothing the offender was wearing was quite distinct, so I am hoping that someone may recognise the clothing and come forward with some information.
“Similarly, we would like any people who actually witnessed the robbery, or may have seen anything suspicious on the retail park in recent days, to come forward.”
An Asda spokesperson said: “We’re assisting the police with their investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 080116/257 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.