Detectives investigating two armed robberies in Warrington have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incidents.
The first incident occurred at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday 21 September.
An unknown man flagged down a bus in Chatfield Drive, Birchwood, opposite the junction of Ramsay Close.
The man then got onto the bus and threatened the driver, a 61-year-old man, with a kitchen knife, demanding that he handed over all of the takings.
After taking the money the man got off the bus and ran off into a nearby housing estate.
The next day, at around 2.30pm on Sunday 22 September, a second robbery took place at the Nisa store on Glover Road, Locking Stumps.
On this occasion a man threatened the store worker – a 35 year old woman – with a knife and demanded that she hand over all of the takings from the till.
He then fled the store with a quantity of cash.
The two incidents are believed to be linked.
Enquiries in relation to the robberies are ongoing and as part of their investigation detectives are urging anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image to get in touch.
Detective Constable Rob Thorpe said: “These were both terrifying incidents for all those involved.
“We believe that the same man carried out the robberies and I want to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to establish his identity and bring him to justice.
“Enquiries are ongoing and as part of the investigation we want to speak to the man in the CCTV image as we believe he may have important information to help the investigation.
“If you think you recognise him or know who he is please call the team here at Warrington Police Station on 101, quoting IML 519510, give us the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“I would also like to appeal directly to the man in the CCTV images to get in touch.”