Officers from Runcorn CID are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at a Chinese takeaway in the town.
The incident took place on Sunday 29 July at approximately 10.30pm at the Palace Chinese Takeaway, on Lapwing Grove.
A man entered the shop via a rear entrance, off Stone Barn Lane, and threatened staff with a knife and a hammer. He stole a handbag belonging to a member of staff, which contained a large quantity of cash, before leaving the takeaway through the same entrance.
The offender is described as white, of medium build, 6’ tall with a large nose and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a waist length light brown or cream coat with buttons at the front and black tracksuit bottoms.
The stolen bag was a black Michael Kors handbag with a matching purse inside.
Detective Constable Daryl Gavin said: “I would urge anyone who may have been the in the area, or seen someone matching the description to get in touch. The offender may have been accompanied by someone else during the incident but at this stage we do not have any further information about this person.
“The victim was not injured during their ordeal but they have been left extremely shaken by what happened and are devastated at the loss of a large sum of money.
“If you have been offered the handbag or purse, someone you know has come into a large quantity of money or have any information, which could assist with our enquiries, please call us on 101, quoting IML 138717 .
“Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”