Man sought for three armed raids

A man suspected of  three armed raids in the Horsham area is being sought by police.

Detectives  are linking two robberies at Horsham and an attempt at Warnham, and are keen to trace the man pictured on this page as their main suspect.

The robberies took place on September 22,  September 19 and on September 6, all near the same time of the afternoon.

On Tuesday of last week at 4.15pm police were called to the general stores in Elm Grove, Horsham where a man had come in holding a hammer and demanded money. He hit the till several times with the hammer and took money from the counter before leaving the shop and running up the alley opposite Eversfield Road.

At about 4.20pm on September 19, as previously reported in the Post,  a man entered The Warnham Village Store in Warnham.

He brandished a knife and demanded money from the shop assistant, but other staff heard the threats and came to assist. The man ran out of the shop empty handed, turning right into Church Street.

On September 6 at about 3.45pm a man came into the Caterways store on Merryfield Drive, Horsham and demanded cash while holding a hammer. The shop worker handed over £200 pounds and he left in the direction of Greenway.

Detective Sergeant Jon Robeson, of Sussex Police,  said: “We are now linking these three robberies due to the similar actions and description of the suspect, the locations and the similarities in times. The man is described as wearing tights over his face on all three occasions. He is also thought to be white and in his late 20s or 30s.

“In this CCTV image, from the Elm Grove robbery, he is wearing a distinctive blue hoodie and we are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area of the any of these stores or if you recognise this man.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on quoting Operation Switch.”

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