Appeal following attempted robbery at convenience store in Crewe Date published: 4th April 2019 12.56pm

Detectives are appealing for information from the public following an attempted robbery at a convenience store in Crewe.

At around 9.15pm on Wednesday 3 April three teenage boys entered the Local Shop and Convenience Store in Somerville Street whilst a fourth teenage boy waited outside the store.

Two of the teenagers immediately approached the counter and one of them attempted to steal money from the till as well as cigarettes.

The third youth stood in the front doorway.

On seeing the teenagers the owner of the store intervened and chased them outside.

The youths then fled empty handed – three of them ran towards Nantwich Road while the fourth headed in the direction of Lunt Avenue.

All of the offenders were white and had their faces covered.

The teenager who attempted to steal cash and a cigarettes is described as around 14 to 18 years old, approximately 5’ 8” tall and of medium/slim build.

He was wearing a dark green khaki coloured bubble jacket and dark North Face trousers.

The youth who approached the counter also had a medium/slim build. He was wearing a khaki coloured or black jacket.

The offender who stood in the doorway was looked around 14 to 18 years old and had dark clothing on.

The teenager who waited outside the store wearing all black clothing, including a black hoody which had the word ‘Air Max’ written in white on the right side.

Detective Sergeant Steven Smith said: “While the teenagers did not manage to steal anything from the Somerville Street store, they did damage the counter area and the owner of the shop has been left shaken up as a result of his ordeal.

“As part of the investigation into the incident I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time it occurred and believes they may have witnessed something that may be relevant to our enquiries.

“I also want to hear from motorists with dashcams who were driving on Somerville Street or Nantwich Road between 8.45pm and 9.30pm.

“If you think that you have any information that could help our investigation, no matter how small, please call the team here at Crewe CID on 101.”

Detective Inspector Claire Jesson added: “This represents the second robbery incident in Crewe within 24 hours and I understand that may cause concern in the local community.

“The other robbery incident occurred at the McColl’s convenience store on Gainsborough Road at around 10.10pm on Tuesday 2 April and saw a male steal a quantity of cigarettes.

“Enquiries into both incidents are ongoing and I would like to reassure residents that we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.

“At the current time we are keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked.”

Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigations should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 364795 for the Somerville Street incident or IML 363946 for the Gainsborough Road robbery, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.