Family defiant after firm loses cash during robbery in Belgrave, Leicester
A family have vowed to carry on with their business despite losing a "substantial" amount of money in a robbery.
One of the family members was targeted by thieves as he carried the cash to his car last week so he could drive it to the bank.
The victim, who is in his 50s, was walking along Melton Road, in Belgrave, Leicester, when a robber ran at him from behind and grabbed the bag of money.
He then jumped into a waiting car and was driven off. The car was later found abandoned.
The family, who own a shop in Belgrave and another business, agreed to speak to the Mercury anonymously to help police catch the robber and his accomplice or accomplices.
The victim's nephew said: "It was all over in seconds. My uncle didn't even have time to take a description of the car.
"Thankfully, he wasn't physically injured, but it has had a great emotional effect on him.
"I would say it has aged him 10 or 15 years and he has hardly eaten or slept in the past week because he is so upset.
"We don't want to say how much money was stolen but it was a substantial amount – probably more than a professional person would earn in a year.
"It was the weekend takings for two businesses.
"It is a lot but we have been in business here for a long time and no matter how much was stolen we are not going to let this close us down."
The robbery happened near to the junction with Leire Street at 1.15pm on Monday last week.
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said yesterday: "The robber made off in a vehicle being driven by a second person towards Harrison Road.
"The vehicle, a silver BMW, was later found abandoned in Fernie Road.
"Officers would like to appeal to anyone who saw the occupants of a silver BMW acting suspiciously in the area before the incident or saw the vehicle being abandoned to contact us."
Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Two, aged 27 and 34, have been released on police bail while detectives continue their investigation.
A 26-year-old man has been released and will face no further action.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.