Gunman may have attempted to rob third store
A GUN-welding robber who twice demanded cash from shop workers may have struck at a third business earlier this month, say police. The man has already held at gunpoint staff at the One-Stop shop on the Causeway in Godmanchester and workers at Coral bookma
A GUN-welding robber who twice demanded cash from shop workers may have struck at a third business earlier this month, say police.
The man has already held at gunpoint staff at the One-Stop shop on the Causeway in Godmanchester and workers at Coral bookmakers in Oak Drive, Huntingdon.
However, police believe the same man may have been behind the attempted robbery at Ethnic Origins in the Causeway, Godmanchester, on December 8.
That particular robbery was thwarted by a have-ago-hero who threw the man from the store.
Cambridgeshire police told The Hunts Post that they have not ruled out the possibility that the same suspect - who they believe to be a local man - was responsible.
Detective Inspector Mark Butler said: "We believe he may be local because he was using a bicycle and because of the proximately of the robberies.
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"CCTV footage from the One Stop shop shows quite a lot of people entering and leaving the store. Anyone who saw a man acting suspiciously on a bicycle outside either of these premises should contact police.
"Someone knows who this man is and we really want to hear from these people."
He added: "We would hope he would not strike again. It is unusual for a market town like Huntingdon to have this type of incident happening regularly.
"In light of what has happened there will be increased patrols around Godmanchester.
"We would recommend that shop workers do not put themselves in harms way should this man enter their premise and that they give him full co-operation.
"Shop workers should also regularly cash-up and try not to keep large sums of money on the premise. They should also, where possible, fit CCTV cameras and panic alarms."
The gunman's last target was the One Stop Shop at 10pm on Monday (December 22). He threatened two female shop workers with a handgun and demanded money.
Four days earlier he targeted the Coral betting shop.
On both occasions the man was wearing a balaclava and escaped from the scene on a bike.
Police have released a CCTV image of the robber, who is described as being white, in his late 20s, about 6ft 1in tall and of medium to large build.
He was wearing a black, long sleeved jacket, blue jeans, white Reebok trainers, black gloves and a black balaclava.
INFORMATION: Contact DI Butler on 0845 4564564 with any information that could lead to the identification of this man.