Casual robber held cup of coffee
A man robbed a newsagent in Manchester while carrying a cup of coffee, police have said. [10 May 2012]
The casual criminal entered the shop with his face covered and a mug of coffee in his right hand.
He and an accomplice then handed a bin bag to the cashier and demanded he fill it with cigarettes and tobacco. Four bin bags were filled.
The men also stole cash from the till of Oasis News on Portway in Woodhouse Park, south Manchester.
As part of the investigation two men, both aged 25, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery at the shop at about 10.45am on New Year's Day.
CCTV images of the two men who carried out the robbery have been released and police are appealing for anyone who knows them to get in touch.
Detective Constable Matthew Farrell, of Greater Manchester Police, said:
"While we have charged two people, we now need to trace the two men in the CCTV.
"These two offenders are clearly nonchalant in their attitude to this crime: one has made no attempt to conceal his face and the other is casually carrying round a hot drink.
"Someone will almost certainly know who they are and I would urge those people to contact me."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 6152, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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