POLICE have released an e-fit image of a man suspected of committing a terrifying knifepoint robbery in Rainhill.
The offender confronted the 62-year-old owner of Rainhill Properties after tricking his way into the firm’s offices in Victoria Street.
He then pointed a 10-inch knife at the victim as he answered the door and demanded cash and the victim’s silver Sony laptop.
The robber then fled into the street, where he accidentally dropped some of the money in front of shocked passers-by.
Detective Constable Paul Foster, from St Helens CID, said: “The offender tricked his way into Rainhill Properties by buzzing the intercom and pretended he was there to pay some rent. Once inside, he waited for the company owner to step out of his upstairs office before threatening him with a knife and ordering him back inside. He then stole several hundred pounds in cash and the victim’s laptop.
“Thankfully the victim was not hurt but he was very shaken and upset and we are asking for the public’s help in catching the person responsible.
“The incident happened close to a busy pub, the Victoria, and the offender may have been seen by several passers-by as he dropped some of the stolen notes as he fled.
“I would urge anyone who either witnessed the incident, or who recognises the man in this e-fit, to please contact the police.”
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his early 20s, who is around 5ft 3ins tall and of medium build.
He was clean shaven and had a round face. He wore a grey hooded top and the knife he was carrying was described as being about 10 inches long.
Anyone with information about the robbery, which happened at around 5pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, is asked to call DC Foster at St Helens CID on 0151 777 6812 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.