Plymouth shop robbed by knifemen three times in five weeks
POLICE are investigating a third raid on an off-licence after two men wearing rubber gloves robbed staff at knife point.
Sunday night's robbery is the third similar incident at Clifton Wine Store in Clifton Place, Greenbank, to have taken place within the last five weeks.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We are looking at the robberies as a series."
But officers have not said whether they believe the three robberies are related or not.
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The latest attack on Sunday evening, happened just before 9pm, when two men wearing yellow rubber gloves entered the store and threatened two members of staff with knives before making off with cigarettes, money and alcohol.
The man and woman, who were on duty in the store, were said to be shaken up by the ordeal.
Officers from Charles Cross police station were sent to the area to carry out a full-scale search for the offenders.
The first suspect in the latest raid is described as a white male, around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, muscular build, wearing a light coloured jacket, dark jeans or tracksuit bottoms, yellow gloves and a maroon and blue striped face covering.
The second offender, who was also wearing rubber gloves, is described as around 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build, wearing a dark top and dark tracksuit bottoms, a similar face covering to the other suspect, and was carrying a black holdall.
The latest incident is the third knifepoint robbery to take place at the store in the last six weeks.
On Thursday July 26 a female worker at the shop was threatened by a man brandishing a 10-inch knife at around 11pm.
The robber, who had concealed his face and body, walked up to the woman cashing up the till, brandished a knife towards her face and demanded the money before making off with over £300 in takings, police said.
The male wore a baggy black hooded top with the hood pulled down over his eyes and had a scarf tied around the rest of his face. Police said the offender had also pulled his sleeves down over his hands. He was described as around 5ft 9in and of medium build.
Detective Constable Sally Johnson, who was investigating July's armed robbery, told The Herald that no one had yet been arrested.
A month later, on August 26, a very similar incident happened at the store when an armed robber threatened another female worker with a knife before making off with shop takings.
The suspect in that raid is described as a white man, 18 to 23-years-old, approximately 5ft 10in tall and of slim build.
He was described as wearing a black lightweight waterproof jacket with the hood up over his head and black tracksuit bottoms. He had a pale blue and white scarf covering his face.
Police are now urging local residents to look out for any items that may have been discarded overnight following the latest robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference number EC/12/8416.