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December 4, 2012, 11:33 am

Detectives have released CCTV of a man who tried to steal cash from a till by posing as a customer.

The offender went to pay for chewing gum but made a grab for the takings when the cashier opened the till.

When she stopped him doing this he fled empty-handed.

The attempted theft happened at the Co-Op store in Sutton Park Drive in St Helens shortly before 3pm last Thursday (November 29).

The 28-year-old cashier, who is from the Clock Face area of the town, was left shaken and with minor bruising to her hand.

The offender is described as being a young male wearing dark clothing and training shoes. He was also wearing what appeared to be a “Mercedes Benz” baseball cap.

Detective Constable Roy Waller from St Helens CID, said: “I would ask local people to take a good look at this CCTV and tell us if they recognise the offender. He was wearing a distinctive Mercedes Benz baseball cap so someone must know him. It is unacceptable for people to go about trying to steal other people’s hard-earned money. Thankfully, the victim was not hurt and nothing was stolen but she was left shaken and should not have to go through that while just doing her job.”

Call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6038 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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