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A masked robber held up a McDonald's restaurant at knifepoint before making off with a box of Monopoly stickers.
Video footage has emerged that shows the criminal walking into the restaurant in a hooded jacket, scarf covering his face, and the blade in his hand. He slid back the counter top before grabbing the box that contained Monopoly cards and vouchers.
As he made his escape, one of the members of staff at the restaurant in Hayes, West London, bravely tried to stop him but the thief waved the blade in his direction as a terrifying warning.
Thankfully nobody was hurt. Police have released the video of the whole shocking incident in the hope that they will eventually be able to track down the perpetrator.
The robbery took place at the McDonald's restaurant on Coldharbour Lane at around 2:00pm on 23 March.
The suspect is described as a black man, dressed in a grey and black hoodie. He was wearing black trousers and shoes and white gloves.
Detective Constable Emma Brookes, speaking on behalf of Hillingdon CID, said: "We are appealing for anyone who may know who was involved in this robbery.
"Although he had his face covered, it is possible that someone may recognise his clothing, or may have heard someone talking about this robbery."
The police are asking for anyone with information to contact 101 and quote the reference number 4188/23Mar.
Strangely, this is not the first crime of this nature to occur recently. Just miles away from the McDonald's restaurant in Hayes, another McDonald's - this time in Ealing - was targeted by a criminal who was after McDonald's Monopoly tickets.
Footage shared on social media from that robbery shows the attacker jumping up on the counter before grabbing the whole roll of tickets and sprinted off.
Each year McDonald's stores in the UK attach Monopoly stickers to products and offer customers the chance to win a variety of prizes.
Players have the chance to win a Mini Cooper, £100,000 in cash, or holidays to the USA, among a load of other smaller prizes.
The number of stickers you get depends on what you've ordered, one sticker is an online card, whereas others are instant wins, which means either a property or some free food or drink.
If you match a complete set of properties you are eligible to win one of the bigger prizes.
This year's competition ended on 1 May.
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