Accrington shopkeeper tried to detain robber

A SHOPKEEPER tried to detain a thief in her store after she caught him dipping his hand in the till.

Police said the owner bravely tried to prevent the thief from leaving Extreme clothing in Water Street, Accrington by running out of the store’s only exit and holding the door shut.

But the 6ft 2ins thief was able to overpower the victim, who was shouting for help, and managed to drag open the door.

The woman’s cries for help were then answered by a passer-by who ran after the thief up Water Street and along across Eastgate.

The offence took place around 1pm on Thursday.

The man entered Extreme clothing as a customer before leaning over the counter and gaining access to the till and stealing a quantity of bank notes.

Yesterday, the owner was too upset to speak.

DS Ian Procter, from Accrington CID, said “Fortunately the owner wasn’t injured in the incident but was extremely traumatised by this horrific ordeal.

“I would appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.

“And if anybody has any information relating to this offence or who knows the person responsible then can they contact the police as a matter of urgency.”

The thief is described as being white and wearing scruffy clothes.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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5:53pm Sun 10 Feb 13

2 for 5p says...

Victim?
You are lucky the other victim doesn't go for wrongfully imprisonment.
Victim? You are lucky the other victim doesn't go for wrongfully imprisonment. 2 for 5p
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8:59pm Sun 10 Feb 13

clickhere says...

"The thief is described as being white and wearing scruffy clothes."

Someone local, then.
"The thief is described as being white and wearing scruffy clothes." Someone local, then. clickhere
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IdontLIKEliars says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Victim?
You are lucky the other victim doesn't go for wrongfully imprisonment.
Wrongful imprisonment?
Think you'll find she has a right to detain the thief!
You always have to have your say on everything even if what you do say is total garbage!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Victim? You are lucky the other victim doesn't go for wrongfully imprisonment.[/p][/quote]Wrongful imprisonment? Think you'll find she has a right to detain the thief! You always have to have your say on everything even if what you do say is total garbage!!!!!!!! IdontLIKEliars
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Leecun74 says...

Umm forgot to add that syringes were used as a threat by the robber. That better?
Umm forgot to add that syringes were used as a threat by the robber. That better? Leecun74
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