Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery in Southend.
A man entered The Carphone Warehouse on Southend High Street at around 4:00pm on Friday 8 March, pulled out a large kitchen knife and started demanding mobile phones.
Staff handed over a number of Apple iPhone 5 mobile phones valuing thousands of pounds.
The man then apologised before fleeing the store.
– Investigating Officer DC Bob Evans
"This man had a total disregard for not only the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time but for any members of the public who could have entered the shop at the time of the robbery.
This robbery was carried out when there were large number of people in the High Street and they may have witnessed the suspect running from the store onto the High Street and then onto to Clifftown Road by Southend Central Railway Station and I would urge anyone with information to contact me.
The man is described as white and of skinny build. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a large black coat, faded denim jeans, a black scarf around his lower face and woollen gloves.
Anyone with information or who is offered an iPhone should contact Southend CID on 101.