Robber with plastic bag covering his face ‘brandished knife’ at shop staff


Police are urging witnesses to help them track down a robber who stole cash from a Hemel Hempstead store while covering his face with a plastic bag yesterday.

The robbery, in which the culprit branded a knife and asked a staff member to empty the till, occurred at the Day One store in Bennetts Gate at around 8.40am.

The man entered the store with a white Londis carrier bag over his head and walked behind the counter before taking the money and fleeing towards Leys Road.

The staff member was not injured during the incident.

Det Con Paula Mowbray from the Hemel Hempstead local crime unit is investigating the incident and said: “It is quite unusual for a robbery to be committed where the suspect uses a carrier bag to cover their face.

“We are working to identify him and would ask anyone who was in the area at the time to please contact us. You may have driven past on your way to work or school.

“If you believe you saw this man before or after the offence, please make contact as soon as possible.”

Call police on the police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number D1/14/2764, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, with information.