Staff left shaken following armed robbery as police investigate links to #SkullCracker

Police Officers are appealing for information after an armed robbery at the Chelsea Building Society in Sudbury on Wednesday May 7th.

The robbery occurred at 10.20am when a man went into the Chelsea Building Society at The Parade, Staines Road, he threatened a member of staff with a handgun before demanding money from a safe and escaping with a quantity of cash.

The member of staff was left shaken but unhurt. At this time it is unknown whether the weapon was genuine or an imitation.

The offender is described as a white man, in his late 40s or early 50s, around six foot tall, slim to medium build, with short grey hair. He was wearing a dark coloured woolly hat, dark-rimmed glasses, light blue jeans, a light blue denim jacket and black trainers.

He left the premises on foot but police are also investigating the possibility he may have got into a vehicle.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Raymer, of Surrey Police, said: “Officers were at the scene within minutes of the emergency call and are doing everything possible to find the offender including recovering CCTV from the premises and surrounding area.

“Anyone who was in this area at the time and may have seen the offender is urged to contact police with information if they have not done so already by calling 101.

“Due to the nature of the offence and elements of the description, we have linked in with Kent Police as part of our enquiries and are working closely with them and colleagues in the Metropolitan Police however, at this time, the identity of the offender has not been established.

“No doubt this robbery will unnerve other businesses in the area and the local community and I would urge anyone affected by the incident to contact their local neighbourhood team on 101 where they will be able to obtain safety and security advice or visit the Surrey Police website.”