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Charity money stolen during series of robberies
5:46pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
THIEVES stole a charity collection box from a food store after picking up a chip and pin card machine and threatening staff with it.
The crime was part of a series of robberies last month to which police have released CCTV today.
The crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of the persons involved in these robberies.
Three offenders entered UK Food Store in Southfield Road, Downley, where they picked up a chip and pin card machine and threatened staff with it.
This happened about 9pm on September 2. The offenders demanded money, but staff refused.
The men subsequently stole a charity collection box as well as bottles of spirits and wines before leaving. The second robbery occurred at Central Food and Wine Stores in Lane End Road, Booker, at about 9.12pm on September 5.
Three men entered the store and demanded the till be opened by a member of staff.
Cash was then stolen from the store, as well as two bottles of wine. A member of staff was pushed into a display as the men left but was not injured.
The third crime happened shortly after 10pm on September 13. Four offenders entered Corner Express in Roberts Road, High Wycombe. Investigating officer PC Mark Banham, of Force CID in High Wycombe, said: "We are appealing for anyone who witnessed these incidents or who saw the men in the CCTV images to contact police. "This is a series of robberies of commercial premises, which we believe are linked.
"In each incident men entered a store and demanded cash. In two of the incidents people were pushed over, but in none of the incidents was anyone injured. These incidents are particularly distressing for the victims and would like to hear from anyone with any information about the incidents."
If you have any information about the incident please contact PC Banham via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Phil Gomm, Chairman of Thames Valley Crimestoppers said: "Someone, somewhere knows the people committing these crimes but may be too scared to come forward. We urge them to ring our charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 and help stop these crimes before they escalate. We won’t ask your name just what you know."