Detectives are appealing for information about a robbery at Martin’s newsagent in Timberlog Lane, Basildon.
A man entered the shop shortly after 6.25pm on Monday December 19 and demanded the two members of staff open the till.
He had an object tucked up his sleeve, which may have been a weapon.
When the staff opened the till, he took some money and left the shop.
The suspect was white, about 6ft 1ins to 6ft 2ins tall, skinny and believed to be aged in his late 20s to early 30s. He wore a dark grey woollen hat, grey jogging bottoms, a dark coat and a black scarf around his face.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Dc Matthew Musson at Basildon CID on 101.
Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.