We have released a CCTV image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with an aggravated burglary which took place at the Texaco petrol station in High Street, Caterham, shortly before 6am this morning (12 June).
A man, described as white, wearing gloves and a balaclava, who spoke with a British accent, first approached the door of the petrol station around 5.35am but it was locked.
He returned around 15 minutes later when the victim, a woman in her 60s, was setting up the shop. He pushed her to the ground, causing minor injuries, before stealing a quantity of cigarettes.
The suspect then fled the scene on foot, turning left out of the petrol station.
A member of the public attended the shop soon after the incident and offered assistance to the woman. Officers are appealing to this witness to come forward as they might have information which could assist the investigation.
Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image or anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area at the time. We are also keen to hear from anyone in the area with any CCTV or dashcam footage.
If you can help, please contact us on 101, quoting incident reference PR/P19131086.
You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/