At around 10.30am on Monday (14 August) the manager of the Litherland-based Jubilee Inn, a 39-year-old woman, was leaving the Appleton Road premises to bank the weekend’s takings when she was approached by two unknown men who “jumped out of the bushes”, said Merseyside Police.
One of the men shouted “give me the money and I won’t hurt you” before "snatching" the victim's small black handbag. According to police, both of the men then fled the scene.
Detective Sergeant John Fitzgerald said: “I have no doubt that this was a targeted incident, the suspects were both lying in wait, knowing the victim was going to the bank to cash in the weekend’s takings.
“Although the suspects did not harm the victim or use any weapons to threaten her, she has understandably been left shocked as a result of her ordeal.
“Investigations are currently in their early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry, including forensics, CCTV analysis and speaking to local residents.”
Police are appealing for any information on the men – which have both been described as aged approximately 20; they were both wearing dark grey jackets with their hoods up and faces covered.
Anyone with an information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident number 326 of 14 August 2017. Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.