Detectives in Liverpool have issued CCTV images following four business robberies in Liverpool this month.
Four robberies have been reported at a bookmakers, two petrol stations and an off licence in Liverpool between 4-11 June which detectives believe may be linked. In each case the offender threatened shop staff with what appeared to be a double barrelled shotgun.
On Tuesday 4 June at around 4.50pm a man entered Oakfield Racing on Mill Street, Toxteth and demanded cash from the shop assistant, who handed over a quantity of cash.
At around 12.50am on Friday (7 June), it was reported a man entered the BP Garage on Sefton Street and threatened staff. He stole a quantity of cash from two tills before making off on foot in the direction of Hill Street. Two staff members on duty at the time were uninjured but left shaken by their ordeal.
On Sunday (9 June) at about 1.15am a man entered Telegraph Service Station, Scotland Road and threatened a shop assistant and demanded cash. Staff refused and the offender struck a member of staff on the arm.
At around 11.45pm on Tuesday 11 June, a man entered Park Beer off licence on Park Road in Toxteth. He demanded money from the shop assistant and the member of staff handed over a quantity of cash. The offender then made off on foot down Park Road. The member of staff was uninjured but left shaken.
Detectives have forensically examined the scenes of the incidents, and examined CCTV footage.
Officers have released CCTV stills of a man, or men, in distinctive clothing who they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Rhodes said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any of these incidents, or anyone acting suspiciously in the areas and times detailed to come forward and allow us to carry out a full and comprehensive investigation.
“To carry any weapon, whether real or imitation, in a public place is incredibly reckless and thankfully it did not result in any injuries.
"To threaten people in this way is cowardly and to be a victim of such incidents is a frightening experience. Fortunately in these cases no one has sustained any serious injury.
"I would urge any local businesses who experience this type of incident to call 999 and we can take immediate action to identify the people responsible and put them before the courts, to ensure that businesses are protected from any type of threat.
“We will continue to work with businesses to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place, and conduct high visibility patrols in key areas at key times of day to reassure businesses and shoppers.”
Anyone who recognises the clothing pictured or has any information about any of these incidents is asked to contact @MerPolCC quoting reference 19100294071 and or contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.