Police are linking four armed robberies carried out in Corby in the past week.
The most recent incident happened yesterday evening (Thursday) at S&S Stores in Gainsborough Road, at about 9pm, when two men threatened staff with weapons and stole cash from the till.
Two similar robberies have also taken place at the Shell Garage in Cottingham Road.
The first offence happened on Saturday, February 21, shortly before 9pm, and the second incident took place on Wednesday, February 25, at about 8.40pm.
On Thursday last week, between 9.15pm and 9.30pm, a robbery took place at Booze Buster in Farmstead Road, where two men smashed through protective Perspex to gain access to the staff area of the shop and stole money from one till before taking a second till with them.
Officers also believe a robbery at Domino’s Pizza in Princewood Road on October 9 last year may be linked.
Chief Inspector Dennis Murray said: “We have a dedicated team investigating these incidents and we are determined to find those responsible.
“All of these incidents happened between 8.30pm and 9.30pm and we are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area of any of the robberies, to contact Corby CID on 101 as soon as possible.
“Following the robbery at S&S last night, the offenders made their getaway on a motorbike and we also believe they may have links to the Beanfield estate.
“I would urge anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible for these offences, or has any information that may help the investigation, to contact us; their call will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“Violent crime is a priority for Northamptonshire Police and, as part of Operation Limit, we have committed extra resources to tackle not just these offences but all violent crime across Corby and the rest of the county.
“We have dedicated intensive resources to Operation Limit and will work relentlessly to arrest and lock-up offenders who make others’ lives a misery by committing violent offences.”
Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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We are determined to find those responsibleChief Insp Dennis Murray