West Midlands Police are appealing for information after a Wednesfield betting shop was targeted by masked raiders on Grand National day.
The two robbers forced their way into Corals bookmakers on Blackhalve Lane in Wednesfield just after 8pm on Saturday 6 April.
West Midlands Police have release the following statement:
One attacker, armed with what is described as a hand gun, threatened staff and demanded they hand over the takings while his chubby accomplice acted as a lookout.
Video footage shows the thief drop cash on the floor as he attempts to stash the stolen money in his pockets.
His portly partner in crime picks up the bundled cash, but as they flee the bookies they leave a trail of cash behind.
One robber is described by the victim as chunky and was wearing a distinctive grey tracksuit. They were both wearing balaclavas.
Police have also released a CCTV image of a car which was seen to drive into the bookmakers car park shortly before the robbery and leave shortly after. Officers believe that this may have been the getaway car.
Detective Constable Emily Sparkes, from Wolverhampton CID, said: “We believe that the pair decided to attack the bookies thinking that on Grand National day the takings would be extremely high…. in fact because of a 66-1 Grand National winner the overall takings were meagre.
“We are appealing to anyone that can help us identify robbers or the car to come forward.”
Anyone with information which may help DC Emily Sparkes with her investigation should call police on 101. Alternatively, people who do not want to speak with police officers directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Businesses can get anti-robbery advice at: http://www.safer-streets.org/