Police release CCTV images of alleged attempted robbery at Tesco by man 'armed with a pole'

Bournemouth Echo: UPDATE: Police release CCTV images of alleged attempted robbery at Tesco by man 'armed with a pole' UPDATE: Police release CCTV images of alleged attempted robbery at Tesco by man 'armed with a pole'

AN ARMED robber brandishing a pole was confronted and chased from a shop in ‘quiet’ West Moors this morning – just 16 days after a nearby bookie was raided.

Police said the incident at the Tesco Express store on Station Road may be linked to an armed robbery at Ladbrokes just across the road, at the end of last month.

The man, who was wearing a dark coloured hat covering his face, entered the store at 5.29am as workers prepared to open, before threatening staff with a pole and demanding money.

The police said a male member of staff then disarmed him and chased him out of the shop.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey, added: “It is possible that this incident is linked to the robbery at Ladbrokes in West Moors two weeks ago as the description of the offender is similar.

“However, at this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind.”

The suspect, last seen running in the direction of Three Legged Cross, is described as white, about 50 years old, approximately five feet eight inches tall with a medium to slim build.

Images released of the suspect show a man dressed in dark clothing with very short hair or no hair.

The robbery at Ladbrokes, on February 26, left a female member of staff shaken after she was held at knifepoint, before the assailant fled the scene with cash.

Residents said they were surprised that there has been a further armed robbery and that the area is usually ‘quiet’.

Lee Pattison, who works at Blue Barber Shop on Station Road, said: “I’ve been here for 18 years and there’s never been any crime.

We have a great community here and you just don’t expect this kind of thing.”

Mike Tunbridge, a retired resident who regularly uses the Tesco, said: “It’s always been a very quiet area but it seems like there are yobs all over the place now.”

Keith Dacey, who is originally from Liverpool, said it was the sort of incident he associated more with his home town.

He added: “You don’t hear of anything happening around here.

It’s very quiet. But then we’ve had two in quick succession within such a small distance of each other.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 14:43.

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1:18pm Fri 14 Mar 14

sherpa69 says...

Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ?
Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ? sherpa69
  • Score: 41

1:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

sherpa69 wrote:
Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ?
Lets not get racial.
[quote][p][bold]sherpa69[/bold] wrote: Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ?[/p][/quote]Lets not get racial. pete woodley
  • Score: -34

1:27pm Fri 14 Mar 14

JustForPoole says...

pete woodley wrote:
sherpa69 wrote:
Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ?
Lets not get racial.
Not racial ..... but they could have robbed the Polish shop in Poole High Street !!!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sherpa69[/bold] wrote: Any other nationalities involved.....just a Pole ?[/p][/quote]Lets not get racial.[/p][/quote]Not racial ..... but they could have robbed the Polish shop in Poole High Street !!! JustForPoole
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Fri 14 Mar 14

hadvar says...

"He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe"

Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.
"He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe" Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question. hadvar
  • Score: 26

2:39pm Fri 14 Mar 14

smhinto says...

Did he use his club-card??
Did he use his club-card?? smhinto
  • Score: 15

2:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

mcwuzzy says...

hadvar wrote:
"He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe"

Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.
We learned this simple rhyme at school:
'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole'
[quote][p][bold]hadvar[/bold] wrote: "He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe" Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.[/p][/quote]We learned this simple rhyme at school: 'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole' mcwuzzy
  • Score: 22

3:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

blakieboy7 says...

If he demanded money, it may be helpful to give information on his voice/accent. Is he English or from the home nations? Does he have an accent? etc etc
If he demanded money, it may be helpful to give information on his voice/accent. Is he English or from the home nations? Does he have an accent? etc etc blakieboy7
  • Score: 10

5:42pm Fri 14 Mar 14

funkyferret says...

So the man in the incident today is called a 'suspect', but "Human Rights" prevented the other 'person' from 2 weeks ago from being labelled the same?
Confused.
So the man in the incident today is called a 'suspect', but "Human Rights" prevented the other 'person' from 2 weeks ago from being labelled the same? Confused. funkyferret
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

It looks like Danny the Monkey.
It looks like Danny the Monkey. BIGTONE
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Fri 14 Mar 14

SeafaringMan says...

mcwuzzy wrote:
hadvar wrote:
"He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe"

Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.
We learned this simple rhyme at school:
'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole'
When I was a Boy Scout we all carried 'poles', we called them 'staves'. Interesting to note that in fact we were 'armed' with these offensive weapons and today would probably be arrested!
[quote][p][bold]mcwuzzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hadvar[/bold] wrote: "He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe" Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.[/p][/quote]We learned this simple rhyme at school: 'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole'[/p][/quote]When I was a Boy Scout we all carried 'poles', we called them 'staves'. Interesting to note that in fact we were 'armed' with these offensive weapons and today would probably be arrested! SeafaringMan
  • Score: 3

6:38pm Fri 14 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

SeafaringMan wrote:
mcwuzzy wrote:
hadvar wrote:
"He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe"

Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.
We learned this simple rhyme at school:
'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole'
When I was a Boy Scout we all carried 'poles', we called them 'staves'. Interesting to note that in fact we were 'armed' with these offensive weapons and today would probably be arrested!
We also had sheath knives.............h
eaven forfend.
[quote][p][bold]SeafaringMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mcwuzzy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hadvar[/bold] wrote: "He threatened a male and female member of staff with a pole, also described as a pipe" Ah, the great philosophers have struggled with that one since Aristotle. Plato, Descartes, Epicurus perhaps even Emmanuel Kant or Confucius, have never really got to the bottom of that question, which is one of the great dilemas in history. When does a pole, become a pipe? Think on that one this afternoon readers. Many thanks to the Echo for raising this important philosohical question.[/p][/quote]We learned this simple rhyme at school: 'If it ain't got an 'ole, it's probably a pole'[/p][/quote]When I was a Boy Scout we all carried 'poles', we called them 'staves'. Interesting to note that in fact we were 'armed' with these offensive weapons and today would probably be arrested![/p][/quote]We also had sheath knives.............h eaven forfend. O'Reilly
  • Score: 3

7:28pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cromwell9 says...

It always makes me smile ,when I here people say ,o we dont have anything lkie this in our area ,As if they live somewhere special,
Every place is up for grabs ,in this lawless country,
You have to thank the do gooders for the last 50yrs,for the downward spirel,
Nothing will change,while we are in the EU ,( Human Rights Act ).
Thank you Lib Dems a Labour.
It always makes me smile ,when I here people say ,o we dont have anything lkie this in our area ,As if they live somewhere special, Every place is up for grabs ,in this lawless country, You have to thank the do gooders for the last 50yrs,for the downward spirel, Nothing will change,while we are in the EU ,( Human Rights Act ). Thank you Lib Dems a Labour. cromwell9
  • Score: 12

7:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ifordcherry says...

I think he is innocent !l
I think he is innocent !l ifordcherry
  • Score: -4

8:04pm Fri 14 Mar 14

GAHmusic says...

He must have been mad if he thought they were all going to back down and hand over cash with a pole.
He must have been mad if he thought they were all going to back down and hand over cash with a pole. GAHmusic
  • Score: 3

8:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cheeriedriteup says...

His face ain't covered !
His face ain't covered ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

8:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Hobad1 says...

It looks like Gazza !
It looks like Gazza ! Hobad1
  • Score: -5

9:06pm Fri 14 Mar 14

KLH says...

Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.
Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance. KLH
  • Score: -1

10:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Why not a Romanian?
Why not a Romanian? Yankee1
  • Score: -2

4:50am Sat 15 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo.

Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him.
it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo. Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him. MrPitiful
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Sat 15 Mar 14

wintonCheryl says...

MrPitiful wrote:
it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo.

Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him.
No, absolutely wrong. That's definitely the moonwalk.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo. Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him.[/p][/quote]No, absolutely wrong. That's definitely the moonwalk. wintonCheryl
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

apop3d says...

wintonCheryl wrote:
MrPitiful wrote:
it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo.

Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him.
No, absolutely wrong. That's definitely the moonwalk.
Both wrong. Pole dance.
[quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: it looks to me like he's doing abit of disco-dancing in the photo. Seriously though, good that none of the staff came to any harm, especially the brave guy who tackled him.[/p][/quote]No, absolutely wrong. That's definitely the moonwalk.[/p][/quote]Both wrong. Pole dance. apop3d
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Sat 15 Mar 14

beachcomber1 says...

KLH wrote:
Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.
i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing!

surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid.
[quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.[/p][/quote]i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing! surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid. beachcomber1
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
KLH wrote:
Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.
i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing!

surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid.
When i was doing shop security,we did it in pairs one inside one outside,one day i was inside and called the other guard for help,no answer,found out later he was doing a walk in robbery in Westbourne.Another time a fellow guard in the sovereign centre car park,could not be found as he was too busy dealing wacky on the top floor.I could tell many stories of dodgy guards.
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.[/p][/quote]i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing! surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid.[/p][/quote]When i was doing shop security,we did it in pairs one inside one outside,one day i was inside and called the other guard for help,no answer,found out later he was doing a walk in robbery in Westbourne.Another time a fellow guard in the sovereign centre car park,could not be found as he was too busy dealing wacky on the top floor.I could tell many stories of dodgy guards. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

stevobath says...

cromwell9 wrote:
It always makes me smile ,when I here people say ,o we dont have anything lkie this in our area ,As if they live somewhere special,
Every place is up for grabs ,in this lawless country,
You have to thank the do gooders for the last 50yrs,for the downward spirel,
Nothing will change,while we are in the EU ,( Human Rights Act ).
Thank you Lib Dems a Labour.
So if we leave the EU & Human Rights Act, that will stop all robberies & crimes of this nature?

That's a genius theory.
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: It always makes me smile ,when I here people say ,o we dont have anything lkie this in our area ,As if they live somewhere special, Every place is up for grabs ,in this lawless country, You have to thank the do gooders for the last 50yrs,for the downward spirel, Nothing will change,while we are in the EU ,( Human Rights Act ). Thank you Lib Dems a Labour.[/p][/quote]So if we leave the EU & Human Rights Act, that will stop all robberies & crimes of this nature? That's a genius theory. stevobath
  • Score: 3

10:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

afcdibby says...

pete woodley wrote:
beachcomber1 wrote:
KLH wrote:
Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.
i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing!

surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid.
When i was doing shop security,we did it in pairs one inside one outside,one day i was inside and called the other guard for help,no answer,found out later he was doing a walk in robbery in Westbourne.Another time a fellow guard in the sovereign centre car park,could not be found as he was too busy dealing wacky on the top floor.I could tell many stories of dodgy guards.
Is there anything you havn't done?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: Very similar to a security guard I've seen in Bournemouth stores - photo looks strikingly like him. Not of course to say it IS him, the photo just bears a striking resemblance.[/p][/quote]i know someone who works in one of the Tesco Expresses and they have had several security guards sacked for stealing! surprised someone tackled the robber to be honest. not sure i'd put myself on the line for a few quid.[/p][/quote]When i was doing shop security,we did it in pairs one inside one outside,one day i was inside and called the other guard for help,no answer,found out later he was doing a walk in robbery in Westbourne.Another time a fellow guard in the sovereign centre car park,could not be found as he was too busy dealing wacky on the top floor.I could tell many stories of dodgy guards.[/p][/quote]Is there anything you havn't done? afcdibby
  • Score: 1

10:01am Sun 16 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Not a lot. why do you ask sonny..
Not a lot. why do you ask sonny.. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

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