Robbers ‘threatened to hurt staff’ if they stopped them stealing £8,000 worth of equipment at a Horsham camera store yesterday (Wednesday June 25) according to Sussex Police.
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said three men with their faces covered by hooded tops robbed the Jessops store in Swan Walk Shopping Centre before fleeing the shop towards Horsham Park at around 5pm.
The men threatened to hurt any staff who tried to stop them taking cameras off the shelves, the spokesperson said.
According to police the first man was black and was wearing a black hooded top, white trainers and dark trousers, the second was dark skinned, possibly Asian, wearing a dark hooded top, dark trousers and white trainers, while the third was white and was wearing a white hooded top, jeans and white trainers.
Sergeant Ben Websdale said: “The men ran through the town centre towards Horsham Park at a time when lots of people would have been on their way home so there could be plenty of people who saw them escaping.
“We need to speak to anyone who saw the men or who recognises their descriptions.
“If you saw or heard any part of the incident or have any idea where the men could be, please contact us.
“I would also urge anyone who is offered the chance to buy an expensive camera at a bargain price to get in touch with us.
“The thieves may try to sell them off cheaply but if we seize one of the cameras from you, you will not get it or your money back.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1175 of 25/6, email email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.