A REWARD has been offered to catch armed robbers who stole from a security van.
Crimestoppers and security firm G4S are offering up to £5,000 for information on the Chester-le-Street crime.
Police were called to Tesco supermarket after two security guards were robbed while delivering cash to a cashpoint, opposite the entrance to the store in North Burns.
The raider appeared from a bush and struck one of the security guards in the chest with a long, blunt instrument and knocked him to the ground.
He escaped with a large sum of cash, through some bushes up the embankment opposite the store.
A member of the public gave chase but was confronted by the robber and another man who pointed what appeared to be a firearm at him and warned him to get back.
The robbery happened on Sunday, August 4, at 2.30pm.
Dave Hunter, North East regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Two men doing their daily job have been left badly shaken by this incident, with one being injured during this robbery, while a substantial amount of money has also been stolen.
“It infuriates me that people think they can just take what they want and get away with it, which is why I would urge the public to do the right thing and come forward with any information they might have, anonymously.”
Paul Tolhurst, of G4S, said: “Our cash couriers are the backbone of our business and they have the right to do their job without fear of attack.
“This was a violent incident which left one of our colleagues injured, and I urge anyone who might have information to help bring these attackers to justice, to get in touch with Crimestoppers.”
Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller, who is leading the investigation, said: “Hopefully, the reward of up to £5,000 offered for the arrest and subsequent conviction of the people responsible for this will encourage anyone with key information to come forward.”
The first robber was 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build and wore a blue or green coat.
The second was 6ft tall, of medium build, and wore dark clothing. Both had their faces covered.
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.