Armed robber raids Lancing burger bar

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A MASKED robber threatened a teenage girl at gunpoint before snatching thousands of pounds in cash from a burger bar in Lancing on Saturday night.

The raider burst into Uncle Sam’s in Crabtree Lane, Lancing, at about 10.15pm, brandishing a black handgun and pointing it at an 18-year old member of staff.

The gunman ordered her to open the safe, grabbing a ‘substantial amount of cash’, believed to be several thousand pounds.

The suspect is described as white, slim and not tall, and he spoke English.

He was wearing dark clothing with something covering the bottom half of his face, and he had a hood covering his head.

He was wearing gloves and carrying a black self-loading-type handgun with a red foresight.

Police forensic officers examined the scene and CCTV is being reviewed.

Detective Sergeant Colin O’Hare said “This is a very serious incident. The staff were unhurt but very shaken by the experience and to point the gun at the woman and forcing her to open the safe shows great callousness.

“This man needs to be caught and brought to justice as soon as possible.

“If you were in the area and saw this man, or if you have any other information, please contact us right away. You can call us on 101 quoting serial 1565 of 31/5, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”