– Detective Inspector Roy Wheelwright, Rugby CID
We are working with police colleagues in Leicestershire because we believe the same people are involved in all three incidents.
The camouflage jacket and motorcycle helmet seen in the CCTV images are particularly distinct, especially when worn together and we would like to hear from anyone who knows of anyone with clothing matching these two items.
Police have issued CCTV images of two people they want to trace in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery at Corals Bookmakers in Rugby and Leicestershire during the past week.
The image shows one of the offenders wearing a ¾ length green and Khaki camouflage jacket with a “Scorpion” make motorcycle helmet which is grey and heavily patterned with a blue visor.
The image shows the offender holding what appears to be a long barrelled air weapon which is being pointed at the door of one of the premises.
A second person stands beside the offender, dressed in a dark NIKE hooded top with the hood pulled up. Witness reports this person also having a dark coloured scarf across their face.
In the first robbery on 6.25pm on Tuesday 11 February the two offenders entered Corals Bookmakers on The Green in Bilton. One was brandishing what appeared to be an air weapon.
After threatening the cashier they left with a quantity of money, running between the butchers and the Doctors Surgery and may have escaped across fields towards Cheshire Close in Rugby.
The following evening (Wednesday 12 February) an attempted armed robbery was reported at 7.30pm at Corals Bookmakers in Hillmoreton Road, Rugby, when two offenders dressed in similar clothing, one with what appeared to be a gun, tried to enter the bookmakers.
They escaped down Shenstone Avenue when they realised the door to the bookmakers was locked.
In Burbage, also on Wednesday 12 February, at shortly before 8.30pm two offenders, again wearing similar clothing, and one carrying what appeared to be a firearm, entered the Corals Bookmakers in Tilton Road.
One of them went behind the bookmakers counter and stole a small quantity of money before they both ran away on foot.
A man has today been arrested after a security guard was attacked and robbed of a restaurant's takings.
The security worker was carrying cash from the Beefeater restaurant in Millenium Way, Cinderhill, Nottinghamshire at around 10am yesterday when he was attacked by two masked men.
A 26 year old man, from Aspley in Nottingham, was arrested this morning in connection with the incident.
The attackers were described as two white, athletic men, wearing matching black tops and balaclavas at the time of the attack. They escaped in a small black car.
Images have been released of four men police wish to speak to in relation to a robbery on a couple in Birmingham.
The robbery took place in the Gosta Green area of Birmingham, where the couple had their mobile phones stolen as they walked down Jennens Road just after midnight on December 1, 2013.
An 18-year-old from Ladywood has pleaded guilty to robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent.
Kareem Khan is sentenced to five years in a youth offenders institute after the victims of the crime tracked him down on Facebook.
Khan robbed a property in Winson Green in April before being confronted by three occupants of the premises. He then pulled out an imitation firearm and fled.
Khan was identified by one of the victims who recognised him from their school days.
– Detective Constable Darren Wilkie, West Midlands Police
The family were extremely brave throughout their ordeal and through their dogged determination helped us catch the culprit.
Police investigating an armed robbery at a Cheltenham shop have arrested a 17-year-old local boy on suspicion of robbery.
The robbery took place on Alma Road yesterday afternoon. The teenager is being held in police custody.
Masked robbers have burst into a Coventry pub and threatened staff and customers with knives and hammers.
This happened on Wednesday night at the Nursery Tavern in Lord Street.
Drinkers were ordered to stay in the bar area as the five men entered.
The landlord was punched in the face and forced to open the safe at knifepoint.
– Detective Constable Barry Heal
“The offenders made off with a considerable amount of cash and left the pub customers extremely shaken by their ordeal. The landlord suffered cuts and bruises but fortunately was not seriously injured.
“We are appealing for any witnesses who we have not already spoken with to come forward. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious outside the pub at the time of the robbery."
Five people have been arrested following an armed robbery at a jeweller's in Sparkhill.
Ten thieves armed with bats and hammers threatened staff at Gold City on Stratford Road just before 5pm on Saturday (5 January).
They stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery before escaping.
– Sergeant Martin Kelly, from Force CID in Birmingham
“After viewing CCTV it is clear that the area was busy with shoppers and passers-by at the time of the robbery and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
“One of the shop assistants gave chase and was assaulted, fortunately he only sustained minor cuts and bruises, but this could have been far more serious.“If you know something that could help our investigation, then please do the right thing and call me or one of my team.”
Five men and one boy have been arrested after an armed robbery in Wolverhampton this afternoon.
The robbery took place at an off-licence where thieves escaped with cash, alcohol and chocolate.
A short time later five men aged between 20 and 22 and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Two robbers threatened staff at a Bilston pawn shop with an axe and a suspected stun gun before taking thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and cash.
The two masked offenders entered the shop at around 12.55pm yesterday (16 October).
One of the staff members suffered a minor cut to the hand during the raid before the robbers escaped in a blue or grey BMW and were last seen heading towards the Black Country Route.
Detectives are reviewing CCTV footage and carrying out forensic examinations of the scene.