POLICE have revealed that more than £8,000 worth of cash and cigarettes were stolen during an armed robbery at a shop near Burton.
A white car which was seen driving off at speed after the robbery at the Co-op, in Main Street, Alrewas, had also been in the area ‘for some time’ before the late-night raid took place.
Police are now asking if anyone saw the car, a BMW 1 Series, in the area to get in touch. During the raid, in which three men, one armed with two crowbars, threatened staff before escaping with cash and cigarettes.
A Staffordshire police spokesman said: “The value cash stolen, including saving stamps and euros, totals £5,600 while cigarettes were stolen to approximate value of £2,800.
“The vehicle believed to have been used was a BMW 1 series and is believed to have been in the area for sometime before the incident.
“Anyone who may have seen it is asked to call police on 101.”
Police were called to the shop at 9.30pm on Wednesday night. Three men entered the open store through the front doors. One offender was armed with two crowbars.
The men threatened two members of staff and demanded cash. They went on to steal cash from a back office and the cigarettes from behind the shop counter.
Fortunately the two members of staff, a man and woman, were not injured but left shaken by the incident.
Simon Chester, who owns the Alrewas Fryer nextdoor, saw three men running to a white car after the incident.
The robbers fled the store through the rear doors, out into the rear car park.
The main offender, who was armed with the crowbars, wore a blue hooded top with a white balaclava.
The other two also wore hooded tops with scarves/facial coverings.
An investigation into the incident is now underway.
Anyone with information on the incident, or who saw suspicious persons/vehicles in the Alrewas area that night, is asked to contact DC Graham Tomlinson at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 689 of January 22, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police have told the Mail that the latest robbery is not being linked to other Co-ops which have been targeted in the area over the last few months.