Manchester: Security worker threatened with gun during armed robbery

The thief, pictured, got away with almost £30,000 in cash (Image: Google/Greater Manchester Police)

Almost £30,000 was taken in the cash transit robbery (Image: Google/Greater Manchester Police)

A brazen thief used a gun to threaten a security guard before fleeing with a huge bag of cash.

The armed robbery has been branded ‘outrageous’ by police, who are desperately hunting the perpetrator.

Police have released images of a man they are seeking to speak to following the traumatic ordeal.

The security worker was targeted outside Asda on Princess Road in Manchester yesterday morning.

He was approached by a man with a black gun who then ‘shot off with a bag of cash containing an estimated £28,500’.

Although the security worker was not injured, he was shaken by the ordeal.

Specialist firearms officers rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised – but the suspect had already disappeared.

Detective Inspector Kat McKeown, from Longsight CID, said: ‘I cannot imagine the fear the security guard felt when the offender committed this terrifying and outrageous act.

GV of ASDA 100 Princess Rd, Hulme, Manchester M15 5AS

Firearms officers descended on Asda on Princess Road at around 6pm. 9.40 Saturday (Image: Google Maps)

‘We know there were people in the vicinity of the supermarket who will also have felt the shock and horror of the incident and I can assure everyone concerned that we are working tirelessly to identify and catch the man responsible.

– So far we have spoken to a number of people and we are keen to ensure that anyone who was in the area on Saturday morning and who might have information is spoken to – so if you haven’t already, please get in touch us please. ‘

Police have released images and a description of the man they want to speak to following the incident – which is being described as a cash-in-transit robbery.

The man, aged between 30 and 40, was wearing a green parker jacket, dark Adidas hat, black gloves, dark track pants and gray trainers.

Man wanted for nearly £30,000 stolen in armed cash-in-transit robbery at Manchester supermarket.  We have released images of a man we want to speak to following a cash-in-transit robbery in Manchester earlier in which a security officer was threatened with a gun and almost £30,000 stolen.  We were alerted to the incident at Asda on Princess Road shortly after 8pm.  9.40am today (Saturday, September 24) morning following a call reporting an armed robbery and specialist firearms officers were dispatched to the scene.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the robbery (Image: Greater Manchester Police)

Man wanted for nearly £30,000 stolen in armed cash-in-transit robbery at Manchester supermarket.  We have released images of a man we want to speak to following a cash-in-transit robbery in Manchester earlier in which a security officer was threatened with a gun and almost £30,000 stolen.  We were alerted to the incident at Asda on Princess Road shortly after 8pm.  9.40am today (Saturday, September 24) morning following a call reporting an armed robbery and specialist firearms officers were dispatched to the scene.

Detectives say they are ‘working tirelessly’ on the case (Image: Greater Manchester Police)

He was described as having a medium build and is white.

He is said to have been in the area around the incident and took off in the direction of Princess Parkway heading away from the city center riding a silver-framed mountain bike with black writing on it.

No arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 6049 or 101 quoting incident 1018 of 24/09/2022.

Details can be passed on to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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