POLICE are looking into whether an early morning raid on a South Derbyshire convenience store is linked with two similar incidents in the area.
Derbyshire and Staffordshire Police are taking a closer look into an incident which saw gang try and smash their way into Nisa, in Station Road, Hatton, on Wednesday, to see if there are any similarities to two raids in Burton and South Derbyshire which recently took place.
A masked gang took a large sum of cash after forcing their way into the Tesco Express, in Stanton Road, Stapenhill, at 3.30am in the morning on Friday, June 20.
In an almost identical incident, the Sainsbury’s Local store in High Street, Newhall, was also raided by masked thieves on Tuesday, June 17.
One of the raiders was spotted on CCTV footage wearing a Homer Simpson onesie.
On both occasions, the thieves smashed their way into the stores before forcing their way into self-service tills, stealing a large amount of cash.
Now, both forces are looking into whether any of the raids are linked and are urging the public, if they have any information, to ‘get in touch’.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “Four men, thought to be armed with sledgehammers, were seen trying to force open shutters at Nisa, in Station Road, Hatton, at 1.40am on Wednesday morning.
“They abandoned their attempts to get into the store, which was also raided in March, after around 10 minutes, fleeing in a black Mercedes car.”
Police chiefs in the area have long speculated that raids of this type of high in the area due to the proximity to major motorways and A roads.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.