Police have issued CCTV images of the two people they want to trace in connection with two robberies and an attempted robbery at Corals bookmakers in Rugby and Leicestershire during the past four days.
The image shows one of the offenders wearing a ¾ length green and Khaki camouflage jacket with a “Scorpion” make motorcycle helmet which is grey and heavily patterned with a blue visor.
The image clearly shows the offender holding what appears to be a long barrelled air weapon which is being pointed at the door of one of the premises.
A second person stands beside the offender, dressed in a dark NIKE hooded top with the hood pulled up. Witness reports this person also having a dark coloured scarf across their face.
In the first robbery on 6.25pm on TuesdayFebruary 11 the two offenders entered Corals Bookmakers on The Green in Bilton, one was brandishing what appeared to be an air weapon.
After threatening the cashier they left with a quantity of money, running between the butchers and the Doctors Surgery and may have escaped across fields towards Cheshire Close in Rugby.
The following evening (Wednesday February 12) an attempted armed robbery was reported at 7.30pm at Corals Bookmakers in Hillmoreton Road, Rugby when two offenders dressed in similar clothing, one with what appeared to be a gun, tried to enter the bookmakers. They made off down Shenstone Avenue when they realised the door to the bookmakers was locked.
In Burbage in Leicestershire, also on Wednesday February 12, at shortly before 8.30pm two offenders, again wearing similar clothing, and one carrying what appeared to be a firearm, entered the Corals Bookmakers in Tilton Road.
One of them went behind the bookmakers counter and stole a small quantity of money before they both ran off on foot.
Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises the people in the CCTV images, or anyone who was in the vicinity of any of the incidents and who saw anyone wearing the described clothing. They should contact Warwickshire Police on 101 and ask to speak to Rugby CID, or Leicestershire Police on 101 and ask to speak to Detective Constable 1939 Gary Dunigan.
Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Detective Inspector Roy Wheelwright from Rugby CID said, “We are working with police colleagues in Leicestershire because we believe the same people are involved in all three incidents.
“The camouflage jacket and motorcycle helmet seen in the CCTV images are particularly distinct, especially when worn together and we would like to hear from anyone who knows of anyone with clothing matching these two items.”