Police release CCTV images after two robberies in station forecourt shop
Detectives investigating two robberies at the Wimbledon station branch of WHSmiths – including one where staff were threatened with a large knife – have released CCTV images taken from the store.
They show a number of young men they are keen to speak to after the shop, which is on the outside forecourt of the station, was robbed twice within the past week.
The first incident took place on December 12 at around 5.15pm when three young men entered the store and demanded cigarettes from behind the counter.
The member of staff was punched in the face and kicked in the head, before the young men left with a large quantity of stolen cigarettes and tobacco.
Four days later, on December 16, four young men entered the same WHSmiths store at around 8.15pm.
One of the young men was armed with a large kitchen knife, and all had their faces covered.
The member of staff was pushed against the counter and grabbed around the neck, while the young men proceeded to steal another significant quantity of tobacco and cigarettes.
Altogether, more than £2,000 of cigarettes and tobacco were stolen during the two incidents.
British Transport Police officers believe the young men in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation.
Detective Sergeant Dean Percival said: “These are two shocking robberies which must have been terrifying for the members of staff involved.
“At the moment, we are treating these incidents as linked, and doing all we can to find those responsible.
“I would urge everyone to take a careful look at these images and to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you recognise any of the young men pictured.”
If you recognise them or have any information please contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 1900108528.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
December 20, 2019