Detectives are appealing for information about two attempted robberies at a Colchester shop.
A man armed with a knife entered Jan and Phil’s in Barrack Street sometime between 11.50pm on Monday January 30 and midnight.
He demanded money from staff, who contacted police, and he left empty handed.
Officers carried out a search of the area for the suspect.
He was described as a white man who was about 6ft 2ins tall and wore a black coat with ‘Superdry’ written in green, a light grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and a black scarf covering his face. He was carrying a large black holdall.
A man also entered the shop at 11.20pm on Thursday, February 2 and again took out a knife and demanded cash. But he ran off empty handed after the victim called out for assistance.
The suspect was described as a white man, between 5ft 11ins and 6ft tall, and wore grey jogging bottoms, a light grey tracksuit hooded top, a black balaclava, and black gloves. He was also carrying a large black holdall.
Police are linking both incidents and witnesses or anyone with information about who is responsible are asked to contact Dc Lucy Percival at Colchester CID on 101 or report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online
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.