Robber who targeted newsagents and swiped cash hunted by Croydon police

A robber who targeted a newsagents in New Addington, Croydon in the early hours of yesterday morning is being hunted by police.

The suspect approached a female member of staff shortly after she arrived to open the shop and demanded she open the safe before making off with the cash contents.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at approximately 04:45 on Wednesday October 8 at the McColl’s newsagents in Wayside, Fieldway.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of large build, wearing a full face mask, dark trousers and dark shoes, with a dark green, knee-length jacket with a fur-lined hood.

Detective Constable Billy Clough, from Croydon CID, who is investigating the robbery said:

“I’m appealing to anyone who may have been up and about at that early hour yesterday morning to think back if they saw anything or anyone acting suspiciously in the Fieldway area.

“Although no weapon was seen or used in yesterday’s robbery, it has clearly left the victim shaken up and we are determined to try and identify the person responsible.

“Although the circumstances of this robbery appear to be similar to the robbery that occurred at the McColl’s newsagent in Headley Drive last week [Monday September 29], we’re keeping an open mind at this stage as to whether the two robberies are linked.”

Anyone with information should call Croydon CID on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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