Police link armed raids in village

DETECTIVES are investigating links between two armed robberies at the same Suffolk post office this month.

DETECTIVES are investigating links between two armed robberies at the same Suffolk post office this month.

The raid at Capel St Mary post office on Friday afternoon was almost identical to one at the same branch on December 1.

On both occasions the lone robber was wearing a Halloween-style mask and armed with a handgun.

Detective Inspector Andy Smith, of Suffolk police, said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the staff who had endured a similar incident earlier this month. We are now investigating these robberies together.”

At around 4.55pm on Friday, a man entered the business on The Street, put on a mask and threatened workers with a handgun, demanding money.

A quantity of cash was handed over and he ran out of the store. He then got into a white panel van on Link Road and drove off towards Rembrow Road. No-one was injured during the incident.

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Det Insp Smith added: “I would appeal for anyone who was in Capel St Mary between 4.30pm and 5.15pm to come forward.

“It is possible the offender waited for the right moment to enter the store, so he may have been seen in the street before the robbery took place, without the mask on. I also want to hear from anyone who may have seen the van in the local area before or after the robbery took place.

“Officers will be on patrol in the village over the weekend to offer reassurance and to give people the opportunity to pass on any information they may have.

“As part of Operation Arctic, visits have been made to all post offices and small stores in Suffolk, to give advice on safety and security and to provide reassurance, and these visits will continue into 2009.

“I would appeal for communities to remain vigilant over Christmas. Anyone who sees any suspicious persons around post offices or stores should not approach them, and contact police as a matter of urgency.”

The robber is described as white, about 6ft, between 35 and 45 years old, of broad and muscular build with short dark hair with a slight curl and was wearing a Halloween-style mask, a blue jumper and lighter coloured trousers. He was carrying a white plastic bag.

Anyone with any information should contact DS Ann Naylor at Sudbury CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.