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Warwickshire Shop Watch Bulletin - 9 August 2017

Other crime, Warwickshire

  • Incident number: Various
  • Date: 09/08/2017

Please be aware of the following incidents, which have occurred at shop premises, across Warwickshire, over recent days:

Incident 149 of 30 July - Warwick:  During the night of 29 into 30 July, offenders smashed the bottom pane of glass in the entrance door of a shop premises in Smith Street, Warwick and entered the premises.  Once inside, the offenders carried out an untidy search and smashed a glass display case before making off with various items, including the till drawer.

Incident 92 of 29 July - Warwick:  At just after 6.25am on 29 July, a male offender, described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, in his early 30's and wearing a black balaclava, dark grey puffa jacket with a hood dark trousers and black gloves entered the store room of a shop premises in Chase Meadow Square, Warwick as staff were accepting a delivery.

The offender, who was carrying a machete knife and a blue/ green coloured holdall shouted at the delivery driver to get down and pointed to the floor and then told the manager to open the safe.  The offender threatened the manager with the knife and forced him to fill the holdall with cash.

Once the bag was filled, the offender told the staff and delivery driver to remain where they were and made off towards Alder Meadow.  No one was hurt in the incident.

Incident 275 of 28 July - Warwick:  At 3.20pm on 28 July, an offender entered a shop premises in Smith  Street, Warwick whilst a staff member was alone and loitered at the back of the shop whilst engaging the staff member in conversation and then pulling her to the floor.

The staff member fought back and the offender pinned her down before reaching for the till.  The offender grabbed cash from the till and ran out of the shop.  The staff member suffered abrasions to her face and limbs during the incident.

Incident 408 of 4 August - Bulkington:  At around 8pm on 4 August, 5 males entered the Co-op store in School Lane, Bulkington.  Several of the males distracted the staff member away from the till area and one male stayed at the till.

Another staff member entered the shop floor and saw the male trying to take alcohol from a display at the rear of the tills.  The offender was told to leave the area and all of the males then left the premises and got into a VW Polo vehicle with the partial registration of GN51 F*V.  It was then discovered that the offender at the till had also taken some scratch cards from a dispenser. 

All of the males are described as of Eastern European appearance.  The first male was wearing a black Tshirt, tight dark jeans and white trainers.  The second male was around 6ft tall and wore bright red trainers, scruffy jeans and a denim hoody with a grey hood.  The third offender had a goatee beard and wore black jeans with a buckle on them, a Tshirt and white trainers.  The fourth male wore tight jeans, a dark blue jumper with a zip to the right hand side and grey slip on shoes.  He too had a goatee beard.

Incident 215 of 6 August - Rugby:  At just  before 1pm on 6 August, 3 male offenders entered a Co-op store in Hillmorton Road, Rugby and one offender distracted the cashier behind the till, another distracted a second staff member and the third picked up a case of beer from a display near to the counter and then returned it before picking up a large sack of cigarettes from behind the counter.  All three offenders then left the premises.

Incident 52 of 5 August - Nuneaton:  At around 4am on 5 August, three offenders forced open security doors at the rear of a shop premises in Tomkinson Road, Nuneaton and entered the building.  Once inside, the offenders carried out an untidy search of the premises before placing a large quantity of cigarettes in a sports direct bag and potato sacks.  The offenders also stole 2 bottles of expensive champagne and a till containing cash before making off.

Police officers conducted a search of the local area when they arrived and recovered some of the cigarettes and the champagne from a nearby alleyway.