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By Tristan Harris Monday 24 February 2014 Updated: 26/02 23:31
ALCOHOL, tobacco, cigarettes and cash were taken in two armed robberies which happened in Bromsgrove over the weekend.
In the first, the Londis store on Broad Street, Sidemoor, was targeted about 1.45pm on Saturday (February 22).
After bursting in, a masked man armed with a knife demanded money and was given £30 by the cashier. He then went behind the counter and took four bottles of alcohol, six packets of cigarettes and two packets of rolling tobacco were taken. He then left the store where it is believed two other men were waiting for him.
The three - who were all white and in their late teens to early 20s - went into York Road. As well as a mask, the man who went into the shop also wore a bright yellow hooded jacket with an Adidas logo on the back and one of the others wore a blue hoody.
The second robbery was at the Wine Cabin in Birmingham Road.
That took place about 1.45pm yesterday (Sunday) when a man went in and demanded the till be opened.
He produced a bread knife and then repeated the demand and the assistant fled the shop, trying to lock the raider inside.
But, he managed to get away with three packets of tobacco and a bottle of Smirnoff lime vodka.
The robber was 6ft tall, of skinny build and in his early 20s. He was wearing black clothes and gloves and a black stocking over his face. He had a black bag on his back.
Det Sgt Ed Slough of West Mercia Police said officers were looking at whether the robberies were linked because they both happened in Bromsgrove within 24 hours of each other.
“We realise that the local community will be concerned about these incidents and the Safer Neighbourhood Team has increased patrols as a reassurance measure,” he added.
Witnesses or anyone with any information on the incidents should call DS Slough on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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