Police have released footage of a man running across a field in Failsworth with bags of cash.
At around 1.50pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017, police were called to reports that a cash-in-transit driver had been robbed on Old Church Street.
A man wearing dark clothing and a multi-coloured motorcycle helmet approached the driver in the yard of a supermarket and threatened to blind him with a plastic squeezable bottle filled with liquid.
The offender then snatched bags filled with cash and a deposit box before he fled and climbed onto a Yamaha R6 motorcycle, which was being driven by another man.
The motorcycle was ridden at speed and headed left onto Briscoe Lane before turning right onto Culcheth Lane and towards Failsworth.
The second man is described as wearing a dark North Face jacket, blue jeans and multi-coloured helmet.
Shortly before 2pm the same day, police received a report after what is believed to be the same Yamaha R6 motorcycle, was driven away at speed along with a white van, driven by a third man.
En route to the incident, a police officer discovered a motorcycle, described as a Yamaha R6, had been set alight a short way along the same road.
Around 20 minutes later, in Mossley, a member of the public was driving their car through the area when they noticed two men running across some fields, one carrying bags filled with cash. They were both running in the opposite direction to a white van which had been abandoned on Broad Carr Lane.
On attendance, officers conducted an area search but were unable to locate the two men. An unopened cash box was recovered with money inside.
Officers have released CCTV and dashcam footage in a bid to identify a man they want to speak to.
Detective Constable Phil Caine of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “The nature of this incident is truly shocking and we need to make sure those responsible are off our streets, unable to cause any more harm.
“I am hoping that by releasing the CCTV and dashcam footage we will be able to identify the people in the footage, specifically the man running with the cash bags.
“If you recognise the people in the footage or recognise the descriptions of the people in the area at that time, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4024 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.