CCTV: Stolen Exmoor National Park car used in armed robbery
This dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment an armed robber threatened a security guard at a convenience store in broad daylight.
A car stolen from Exmoor National Park had its number plates and branding removed before it was used as the getaway vehicle in the armed robbery at Ilminster, Somerset.
The guard dropped the box full of money outside the Spar convenience store in Station Road, before the suspect picked it up and made off in the stolen white Ford Fiesta.
Police said the vehicle, which belonged to Exmoor National Park, was stolen from Exford on Tuesday, September 17.
The number plates and branding were removed from the new-style Fiesta before it was used in the dramatic robbery on Monday, September 23.
Officers said two suspects left the scene of the robbery at around 11.30am in the Fiesta before abandoning it a short time later in the middle of the B3168, approximately half a mile south of Ilminster, near to Dillington House.
It is understood they then got into a second vehicle and made off.
Avon and Somerset Police has now released this shocking CCTV footage and images of the vehicle, both before and after the branding was removed, in the hope of gathering more information about the incident.
Detective Constable Andy Tearle, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This robbery only took a few seconds to commit but the impact this will have on the courier, shop staff and witnesses will stay with them for much longer.
“We are investigating the robbery and our enquiries are progressing well but we need to speak to anyone who might have any information. If you can help, please contact me."
Police want to speak to anyone who saw the Ford Fiesta between it being stolen on Tuesday, September 17 and it being recovered by police after the robbery.
Officers also want to speak to the owner of a green VW Polo which was driving along a private road on the Dillington Estate linking Whitelackington and Ashwell on the morning of the robbery.
Anyone who saw the robbery, either of the vehicles or was in the area and saw something suspicious at the time should contact police on 101.