POLICE are re-appealing for information following two robberies at the Cheque Centre in Foundry Walk, Daventry.
Both robberies happened at about 8.30am, when the manager arrived at work and opened up the shop. The first incident happened on Tuesday, 22 April and the second took place on Monday, 30 June.
In the April incident, the manager was approached by a man who pushed an object into her back, told her to go into the shop and demanded that she open the safe. He stole cash and jewellery, which he put in a rucksack, and then left through the fire exit at the back of the shop.
He is described as about 5ft 5in, with a slim build and spoke with an accent which sounded French. He was wearing a black long-sleeved top and a black full-face covering, and was carrying a navy blue rucksack, which had some kind of logo printed on it.
In the second incident, on 30 June, the manager was again confronted by a man as she arrived at work. He threatened her with violence and demanded money from inside the shop. The manager handed over cash and the man tied her to a chair before making off.
The offender is described as black, aged 20 to 25, about 5ft 5in, with a medium build. He wore a blue scarf over his nose, a blue hooded top and grey/blue jeans. He was carrying a rucksack and had a lighter patch of skin by his left eye.
Detectives have released two CCTV images from 30 June, which show a man walking down Brook Street and Sheaf Street shortly before the robbery. The police want to speak with this individual in connection with their inquiry.
Two further images from the April incident show the offender in the shop. His face is fully covered and the colours are distorted, however, detectives hope the images may jog someone’s memory of a man seen fitting the description in the area around the time of the robbery.
DC John Cordner said: “These incidents have unsurprisingly left the victim feeling very shaken.
“They both happened in daylight, during a busy time in the morning when people would have been going to work or taking children to school.
“We hope that by releasing these CCTV images, it will jog someone’s memory and they may well have that vital missing piece of information that helps us identify the offender or offenders.
“At the moment, we can’t say for certain the two incidents are linked but there are some similarities between the two and we are investigating the possibility that they are.”
Witnesses, or anyone with any information, are asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers