Police have today appealed for witnesses and information after two robberies at the Co-op in Memorial Road in Hanham which occurred over the summer.
In the most recent robbery, which happened just after 5.30pm on Saturday 25th August, three men entered the store, caused damage and stole cash and cigarettes. Two were said to have been armed with axes and all wore dark clothing and had their faces covered with hoods and balaclavas.
The men made off in a grey Audi A4 which was later found burnt out in nearby Gays Road. Witnesses described seeing three men drive off from Gays Road in a small car.
The police have today issued descriptions of the men seen in Gays Road. One was about 6ft and of medium build, wearing a black hoodie and black clothing. The second was in his late 20s, white, with short blond hair and stubble. He was about 6ft, of slim to medium build and wearing dark clothing. The third was about 5ft 9in and of ‘chunky’ build with dark hair. He wore a dark blue tracksuit.
Police say there was an earlier incident at the same store just before 6am on Saturday 14th July. Two members of staff were just opening the shop when they were threatened by three men who demanded access and stole cash, cigarettes and a charity box before leaving on foot. No weapons or vehicles were seen.
One was described as black, 6ft and slim, wearing dark clothing, a scarf over his face and his hood up. The second was also black, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, wearing light-coloured trousers and a dark-coloured top. Again his face was covered. The third was black, about 6ft and said to be about 16 stone. He was wearing a dark-coloured top with the hood up and had a red handkerchief across his face.
Officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries and are taking statements from a number of witnesses. Police say both investigations are ongoing and anyone with any information which could help is asked to get in touch through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218191059 for the August incident or 5218156596 for the one in July.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.