Yesterday, West Midlands Police released CCTV footage relating to two ram raid robberies at shops in Arden Road, Frankley in November and December. It has come to light that one of the stores was hit by a further raid earlier this week.
The Heritage Supermarket was hit for a second time in three months at just after 11:15pm on Monday 18th January, when thieves stole cigarettes after ramming the shop with a stolen Toyota Hilux.
A police spokeswoman said that: “Officers are trawling CCTV and forensic tests are being carried out.”
Yesterday, West Midlands Police released CCTV footage (see below) of two ram raid robberies in Frankley in November and December last year.
The raids came just weeks apart and involved Heritage Supermarket and Martin’s Newsagents.
The Heritage Supermarket was hit at around 11.15pm on Sunday 1st November 2015. Thieves stole a large amount of cash and cigarettes after smashing through the front shutters of the shop with a stolen blue flatbed Ford Transit Tipper.
Thieves targeted Martin’s Newsagents just before 3am on Wednesday 9th December. A stolen white Ford Transit Tipper was reversed through the shop’s shutters before the offenders tried (and failed) to remove a free standing cash machine.
On this occasion, CCTV images showed that the Transit was closely followed by three other vehicles – a blue Ford Focus, a grey Mondeo and an off-road scooter. Police are asking anyone who saw these vehicles before, or after the raid, to get in contact.
Two men have been interviewed voluntarily regarding the two earlier incidents and continue to help police with their investigation, which is ongoing.
Detective Constable Michelle Beasley said: “I am asking anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in these areas around the time of the incidents, or who may have any information, to please get in touch.”
Anyone with information on any of the three robberies should call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.