‘Heavily armed’ masked thieves steal money and cigarettes from Cheshire village cooperative

Masked “heavy armed” thieves stole money and cigarettes from a cooperative grocery store on the outskirts of Warrington.

Two members of staff were approached by the masked thieves as they closed the convenience store in Appleton on Dudlow Green Road around 10:20 p.m. on January 3.

The men, who wielded a hammer and a large knife, forced staff back into the store and demanded money and cigarettes before they fled.

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Police are looking for the thieves and have called on anyone with information, CCTV or dashboard cameras to come forward.

Detective Constable Chris Murphy, of Warrington CID, said: “The men, both wearing face coverings, were heavily armed and intended to steal money and cigarettes from the store.

“While the investigation is ongoing, I encourage anyone with information and who has not yet spoken to an officer to make contact.

“I would also ask residents to check the CCTV or dash camera footage between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on the night of the flight and contact us if that reveals anything that could help with the investigation.”

Any information can be provided by contacting Cheshire Constabulary online citing IML 1070069.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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