West Midlands Police have today released CCTV images captured in a series of armed robberies on bookmakers shops which took place recently across Northfield District.
Detectives are working on the theory that 5 robberies which took place in February in Kings Norton, West Heath and Northfield are linked and have released the images in the hope that members of the public may be able to identify the offenders.
The offences took place over a 10 day period, with 2 raids being carried out in one evening.
The offenders entered the shops with their faces covered with masks or scarves and threatened staff with baseball bats, knives and guns. Cash was stolen in all 5 raids.
- 17th February – evening raid on Ladbrokes, Redditch Road, Kings Norton
- 18th February – robbery at Ladbrokes, Alvechurch Road, West Heath
- 24th February – William Hill, Bristol Road South, Northfield (by The Emerald) Lone member of staff threatened by 2 men with a knife and hand gun. Suffered a cut to the head when offenders threw an emptied cash tin back at him.
- 24th February – Betfred, Pershore Road, Kings Norton raided shortly after the Northfield raid.
- 27th February – William Hill on The Green, Kings Norton
Detective Sergeant Ian Tomlinson, from Force CID, said: “Staff at these bookmakers have been left very shaken by what’s happened to them and it’s imperative we find the people responsible.
“If anyone has any information about the people behind the raids I would urge them to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone with information should call Force CID on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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