Detectives are investigating two robberies that occurred within two hours of each other in Rotherham, and are asking for anyone who may have been in the areas at the time to please make contact with police.
At around 5.45am on Friday, 23 March, a man with his face covered with a scarf, entered a convenience store on St Leonards Avenue in Thrybergh and threatened staff, intimating he was in possession of a weapon, to hand over cash. He left the scene with £65.
At around 7.25am, a man, again with his face covered with a scarf, entered a convenience store on Flanderwell Lane in Bramley, Rotherham, and again threatened staff, intimating he was in possession of a weapon, to hand over cash. He left the scene with £60.
In both robberies, the man is described as 6ft tall, white and of a slim build. He was wearing dark clothing and a scarf covering his face.
Acting Detective Inspector Aneela Khalil-Khan from Rotherham’s Performance Crime Team investigating the robberies said: “Thankfully there were no injuries sustained by anyone during the robberies, however it is an incredibly distressing incident to be made to endure and staff are understandably shaken and upset.
“We are treating the robberies as linked and have already made various enquiries in connection to both crimes including forensic analysis and viewing CCTV footage.
“Were you in the Thrybergh or Bramley areas on Friday morning? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously? Even if you think the information you have is insignificant, it could prove to be vital to the investigation and identifying the man responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting either incident number 122 or 153 of 23 March 2018.
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