Stolen money from Worthing robbery used in Hove

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POLICE have released an image of a man they want to speak to after money, stolen during a Worthing robbery, was used in Hove.

The two stolen £20 notes were used at a ticket machine at Hove railway station on Tuesday, March 17.

The robbery happened outside Sainsbury’s, in Lyons Farm, at around noon on March 8, when two men approached the driver of a Loomis security van, threatened him and stole a cash box.

They drove away in a blue Ford Mondeo which was subsequently abandoned and set on fire just before the junction of Northbrook Road and Leighton Avenue.

Two men were then seen running to a waiting Subaru Impreza that had stopped in Northbrook Road.

This car was found in a small permit-holders only car park in Caxton Court, Langton Road, close to the Broadwater bridge, at around 2.45pm that day.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn, who is investigating the offence, said: “The man in this CCTV image may have nothing whatsoever to do with the robbery that took place on March 8, but it is imperative that we trace him and speak to him to establish how he came to be in possession of these notes, and eliminate him from our enquiries.”

Det Sgt Dunn said the stolen money is believed to be stained with purple dye, and that it is possible the robbers are attempting to get rid of the money.

Purple-stained notes have been recovered from a number of railway station ticket machines since the robbery.

The first suspect is described as white, 30 to 40 years old, 6ft to 6ft 3in, of stocky build with a round face.

He had stubble which was light or grey flecked in colour and a local or London accent.

He was wearing a black baseball cap and black shell-suit type jacket, dark blue trousers and trainers which were dark with white colouring.

The second man was slightly younger and slimmer.

He was also white, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in wearing a black woolly hat dark jacket with dark, possibly olive green trousers and dark trainers.

No weapon was seen or mentioned during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Worthing CID on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Convoy or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.