Police Link Two Armed Robberies

25 February 2013, 15:05 | Updated: 25 February 2013, 15:07

Police believe that two armed robberies that happened last week may have been committed by the same offenders.

The first occurred on Thursday 21 February, at around 8am, outside McDonald's, Marquee Drive, Riverside, Northampton, when a Loomis transit driver was approached by a man outside McDonald's. The man threatened the driver with an axe and stole a cash box from him, after which he got onto a scrambler bike, which was being driven by another man, and drove off. The bike is believed to have been red in colour.

At around 11.30am on Friday 22 February, a van driver carrying a cash box outside the Londis store on Blackthorn Road, Northampton, was threatened by a man with an axe. The man took the box, which contained a substantial amount of cash, and also made off on a red/orange off-road motorbike driven by another man.

The offender, in both robberies, was described as white, in his thirties, 5ft 10ins tall, and wearing a black woolly hat and blue hooded top.

Detective Inspector Louise Fleckney said: "There are striking similarities in the way that the robberies were committed and we are treating them as linked incidents. Witnesses to these incidents, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”