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Suitcase Robbery At Rownhams Services
A man's been arrested and bailed over a robbery at Rownhams Services on the M27 where two women were robbed of a suitcase full of cash.
The women, who work at the services, had just started wheeling a small black and white animal print suitcase containing some cash from their white Citroen Berlingo van when the robbery happened. A man wearing what’s described a home-made balaclava approached the woman with the case and following a struggle managed to take the bag but not before the woman had managed to rip the man’s balaclava off and scratch his face.
The man then made off to a dark blue VW Passat with a light coloured interior parked nearby which contained two other men and the car sped off.
The bag contained around £3600. The women were left shocked by what happened and the security arrangements have now been changed at the services following the robbery.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened on the westbound side of the services between 6 and 7am on, Tuesday, April 10. The women were wearing a dark uniform with a black fleece or cardigan.
The men involved are described as:
Man 1: White, 6 ft 1 inches tall, stocky build, aged in his late 20s to early 30s. Wearing charcoal grey hooded top with black padded sleeveless body warmer.
Man 2: White male, skinny build, aged in his mid 20s with collar length dark wavy hair wearing a dark top.
Man 3: White male stocky build light brown short hair.
All three men spoke in a foreign language which it is believed was Polish.
Detectives investigating the crime believe this was a targeted and planned attack.
As part of the investigation police have arrested a 24-year-old Southampton man who has since been released on bail until June 19 while enquiries continue.
Police are asking anyone who saw the incident or the men in VW Passat or has any information about the crime to call Eastleigh CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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