CCTV appeal after hostage-taking robbers flee Welwyn Garden City mobile phone store

PUBLISHED: 17:41 09 August 2012

Do you recognise these men?

Do you recognise these men?


CCTV images have been released by police in the wake of an armed robbery in Welwyn Garden City where the raiders took the staff hostage.

Robbers burst into the Orange mobile phone store in the Howard Centre, via the rear entrance sometime before 9.15am on Wednesday.

After threatening two female staff with a knife and binding them with cable ties, they fled with “a substantial amount of electrical items”.

The booty included Apple iPhones and iPads.

One woman suffered minor injuries as a result of having her arms tied behind her back.

After the crooks had ran off, one of the women managed to free herself and raise the alarm.

It is believed the robbers approached the Howard Centre using the footbridge over the railway from the old Shredded Wheat factory area and made their exit using the same route.

DS Pete Ward, from the Local Crime Unit in Hatfield, said: “We would like to trace the movements between 8.45am and 9.15am of the men in the CCTV images, as they may have information that is vital to our investigation.

“The offenders may have used a vehicle parked nearby to get away from the scene.

“If you saw any suspicious activity around a vehicle in either the town centre or Shredded Wheat factory areas, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.”

* Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference B1/12/2197.

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