EXCLUSIVE: Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at Coral’s Bookmakers in Grange Road, Jarrow at around 8.55pm last night.
A man and a woman, aged 16 to 19 years, and between 5’5″ to 5’9″ tall were seen in the vicinity shortly before the robbery. The male entered the bookmakers armed with a claw hammer, jumped over the counter and threatened staff before making off with a quantity of cash in the direction of the Jarrow Crusader public house.
The two female staff on duty at the time were not injured in the robbery but are said to have been shaken by their experience.
At the time of the robbery the male had his hood pulled up and was wearing a scarf around his mouth. He was also wearing a dark coloured sports jacket, dark Adidas track suit bottoms with three stripes, dark socks which were being worn over the tracksuit bottoms and white plimsole type shoes.
The female was wearing a beige or light coloured jacket, denim boot cut jeans and had a bag with a strap which was being worn slung over her shoulder towards the opposite side of her waist.
Detectives investigating the robbery would like to here from anyone who was in the vicinity around 8.30pm. Nearby Santini Pizza and the Ben Lomond public house were particularly busy at this time.
Detectives are also keen to hear from anyone with information about any transport that pair may have used such as a bus or a taxi.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police immediatley on 03456 043043.
This is the second robbery at a South Tyneside bookmakers in less than a week. On Tuesday, Pagebet on Dean Road was also robbed by a male aged around 18 and armed with a hammer. Click here for details.