Cleveland Police have said that at approximately 9.25pm on Wednesday 15th August a man entered Coral Bookmakers as it was about to close.
He ran towards the counter and threatened staff with what appeared to be a handgun, forcing staff to place the contents of the safe into a bag before running out of the shop.
It is unknown if he ran across Cargo Fleet Lane or left towards Homerton Road.
– Detective Inspector James Devine, Cleveland Police
Two members of staff who were working at the time have suffered a terrifying ordeal. They were faced with a man threatening them with what appeared to be a handgun, demanding money. However I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are rare.
The male is described as white, 5’8” tall, stocky build, aged 25-35, wearing a light grey balaclava, a grey padded jacket, black gloves, black training shoes and black track-suit bottoms with a white stripe down the leg, he made off with £271.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact DI James Devine on the non emergency number 101 or Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.