THE man who carried out an ‘armed’ raid on a jewellers in Spilsby at the weekend is still on the loose, police have revealed.
A Skegness teen had been arrested in connection with the offence, but has since been released by police after being eliminated from their enquiries.
Police have now published CCTV footage of their suspect (pictured) in a bid to catch the real culprit.
The robbery occured at the Spilsby Jewellers in the High Street on Saturday at around 10am.
The thief claimed to have a gun, and witnesses at the scene have described seeing him holding what appeared to be a “black hand gun”.
He is believed to have escaped with a number of rings.
A police spokesperson said: “When the man went into the jewellers shop on High Street, Spilsby he claimed to have a gun.
“It is believed that he left the shop with a number of rings.
“He ran from the shop and some members of the public were threatened with what appeared to be a black hand-gun as he made his escape,” they added.
“It is believed that, prior to the offence, the offender walked into Spilsby town centre via Boston Road.
“Afterwards, he ran from the scene across the car parks in the market place and may have made his way through gardens in the Dennett Close and Ancaster Avenue areas before crossing the playing fields and gardens in the area of Winston Road.
“Local residents are being asked to check their gardens for any items of discarded clothing or property, especially a dark rucksack.”
No-one was injured but the woman shop worker was shaken by the incident.
The offender’s age is not known . He is a white man, 6’0” to 6’1” tall and of slim, athletic build.
He was wearing a hooded top with horizontal stripes, blue jeans, white trainers, a black scarf covered his face and he wore a white baseball cap under his hood which was up.
He had a black rucksack with him.
Anyone who saw any part of the incident or who saw a man answering the above description in or around Spilsby prior to the robbery should call DS Andy Harwood or DC Phil Graves via 0300 111 0300 quoting ‘incident 132 of September 17’. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.