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Armed Raider Hits Coventry Building Society

An armed robber brought terror to a branch of the Coventry Building Society yesterday when he threatened staff with a sawn-off shotgun.

The attacker walked into the building carrying a blue Slazenger bag in Tile Hill Lane, Tile Hill, at 4.40pm, minutes before it closed for business.

He walked up to the counter and passed a note to the cashier asking to see the manager. At this point he opened his bag and revealed a sawn-off shotgun.

The man, aged between 35 and 40 with a round face, was taken into the manageress’ office. He had dark brown hair, was of stocky built and was wearing a black jumper and blue trousers.

He stayed in the office for a few minutes with the manageress and the staff member until the branch had closed and other customers had left the building.

The man then gave the manageress some tape and told her to go outside and bind her other staff’s legs, wrists and cover their mouths.

Detective Sergeant Malcom McCutcheon, who is investigating the crime, said it was the first that the other staff realised that they were being robbed.

After the mangers had finished with the tape she was ordered to go to the safe and hand over a “substantial” amount of money to the raider, who then walked out of the building.

The staff, who were unhurt but shaken by the incident were then able to free themselves and raise the alarm.

During the robbery the attacker wore a mask, but DS McCutcheon said he was not wearing it while he entered or left the branch.

It is believed that he may have made his escape in a new shape red Rover 400 or 600 that was parked in Middlecotes and left the area when the raid ended at 5.10pm.

DS McCutcheon said:

“We want to appeal to anyone who may have been innocently parked there to come forward.

“We are also looking for witnesses who saw the man.”

He added that CCTV footage of the raid was being analysed to try and find any further clues of the man’s identity.

Coventry Building Society chief executive Martin Ritchley said the branch was open as usual today.

He said:

“We place the safety of our staff and customers at the very top of our list of priorities.

“We will be doing all we can to ensure the person or persons responsible for this crime are brought to justice.”

Anyone with any information should call Little Park Street CID on 01203 539082 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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