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Oct 2013

CCTV images released of Southfield Road robbery

Shortly after 9pm on Monday 2 September, three offenders entered UK Food Store in Southfield Road, Downley, where they picked up a chip and pin card machine and threatened staff with it. The offenders demanded money, but staff refused. The men subsequently stole a charity collection box as well as bottles of spirits and wines before leaving.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the two men in the first CCTV image, as they might be able to help officers in connection with this offence. The second robbery occurred at Central Food and Wine Stores in Lane End Road, Booker, at about 9.12pm on Thursday 5 September. Three men entered the store and demanded the till be opened by a member of staff. Cash was then stolen from the store, as well as two bottles of wine.

A member of staff was pushed into a display as the men left but was not injured. Police officers would like to speak to the men in the second CCTV image in connection with this incident. The third offence happened shortly after 10pm on Friday, 13 September, four offenders entered Corner Express in Roberts Road, High Wycombe. One of the men went behind the cash desk and demanded that the till be opened. When staff refused another man threatened the member of staff. The till was subsequently opened and a quantity of cash was stolen. The other men removed bottles of spirits from the shelves. A man pushed a member of staff over and stole a phone card.

Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the men in the third CCTV image to call 101, as the men might be able to help officers with their enquiries. Investigating officer PC Mark Banham, of Force CID in High Wycombe, said: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed these incidents or who saw the men in the CCTV images to contact police. “This is a series of robberies of commercial premises, which we believe are linked. “In each incident men entered a store and demanded cash. In two of the incidents people were pushed over, but in none of the incidents was anyone injured. These incidents are particularly distressing for the victims and would like to hear from anyone with any information about the incidents.” If you have any information about the incident please contact PC Banham via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court. The crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the persons involved in these robberies.

Phil Gomm, Chairman of Thames Valley Crimestoppers commented: “Someone, somewhere knows the people committing these crimes but may be too scared to come forward. We urge them to ring our charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 and help stop these crimes before they escalate. We won’t ask your name just what you know.”

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