Police are offering a £500 reward in a renewed appeal in the hunt for an armed masked man suspected of carrying out robberies in the Horsham area.
Detectives recently appealed through the District Post and other media for public help in tracing the man, but have now issued the offer of a reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
And they have revealed for the first time that he was masked.
The robberies took place on September 22, 19 and September 6, all at about the same time of day, 4pm. In each case the man masked his face with stocking material.
In their latest report on the incidents, police say that on September 22 at 4.15pm they were called to the general stores in Elm Grove, Horsham where a man had come in holding a hammer and then 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 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 about £200 pounds and the intruder left in the direction of Greenway.
Detective Sergeant Jon Robeson said: “We are offering a £500 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. We are 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 footage, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 101 quoting Operation Switch.”