Dash-cam footage captured by a passing driver shows a man in white hoodie snatching the 18-year-old woman's bag before fleeing the scene in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The woman was walking from a Ladbrokes betting shop to a Post Office branch to deposit money the bookmaker had made that day when she was ambushed.

Hertfordshire Police released the footage to try and identify the thief and a second man who was lurking nearby.

He is understood to have threatened the teenager before the pair made off with the shop's earnings.

The passing motorist who filmed the ordeal got out of their car to comfort the woman before taking her back to the betting shop where she was employed.

Detective Constable Andrew Greenman, who is investigating, said: "We are grateful to the member of the public who has shared their footage with us after being in the right place at the right time.

"We are following several lines of inquiry at this stage, one of which is appealing to the public to ask if they recognise the man pictured.

"I want to reassure the victim that we are doing all we can to capture those responsible."

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said: "Officers investigating a robbery in Hatfield have released dash cam footage of the offence in progress, as well as still images, in order to identify the two suspects.

"It happened in Wellfield Road, Hatfield, at 2.10pm on June 25.

"The victim, an 18-year-old woman, works at Ladbrokes in Birchwood and had left the branch with a large quantity of the store’s cash takings in a bag, with the intention of banking it at a Post Office in the town centre.

"The amount of money taken was in the thousands of pounds.

"Just after the junction with Burfield Close she was approached from behind by two men who threatened her before snatching the bag from her shoulder.

"A member of the public, who captured the offence on their dash cam as they drove by, stopped and asked the victim if she was okay before taking her back to the Ladbrokes branch in The Common. The victim was left uninjured but shaken by the ordeal."

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