A knifepoint robbery in a Bexhill shop left a young shop assistant shaken and having problems getting to sleep.
Now Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft at Marina News on Saturday June 14 at 3.39pm.
The 20-year-old woman, who was working behind the counter in the newsagents on the Marina, was grabbed by a man with a large kitchen knife who demanded money from the till and stole £450.
Police are looking for a white man, aged 25 to 40, 5’ 8” to 5’ 11” and of skinny build. He was wearing black all-in-one overalls with white trainers, and an army green beanie hat. The man disguised his face with dark sunglasses and a false ginger beard.
The victim told the Observer: “You don’t expect something like that is going to happen in Bexhill - it is quite frightening when it does.
“It happened so quickly - although it felt like longer - he must have come in, done what he needed to do, got what he wanted, and went. I just broke down in tears afterwards.”
She has been having problems sleeping since the crime and says when she does this ordeal is her first waking thought.
She said: “Hopefully as soon as they catch the person I will be able to sleep better. I’m also worried about being on my own while at work.”
Detective Constable Paul Wren said: “This is a serious incident and we are keen to trace who is responsible. If you recognise the suspect’s description or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at this time please get in contact.”
Any witness call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1028 of 14/6 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.