Police seek witnesses to armed robbery

| 06/08/2008

(CNS): Police investigating an armed robbery which took place on Friday, August 1, at Pet Pro’s on Crewe Road are appealing for anyone who visited the store between 4:30 pm and 5:15 pm to come forward. Enquiries have revealed that a number of people actually entered the store to make purchases while the robbers were there and that some, if not all, were either spoken to or assisted by them as they helped some customers load goods into their vehicles.

 Regular customers would not have recognised these men as staff members so frequent customers who attended on Friday should think about whether they saw unusual faces in the store, a press release said.

“We have found out that a number of customers would have seen these robbers in the store,” said DC Gustavo Rodriguez, who is leading the investigation. “You may think that you cannot help or that you have nothing of value to tell us, but what may seem insignificant to you could be vital to us.”

Anyone who attended the store is asked to contact DC Gustavo Rodriguez on 926-0767. The offenders made off with an undisclosed sum of cash after the lone female shop attendant was tied up in a rear office. An updated description of the suspects has also been obtained:

The first man is described as: 6ft to 6ft 2, slim build, brown skin, clean shaven, black eyes, thin lips, long nose but not large, well defined teeth. Aged in his late 20’s and wearing a round hat, green long sleeve shirt with buttons, dark blue jeans pants, and dark coloured shoes.

The second man is described as: Shorter; 5ft 5 to 5ft 6, slim build, brown skin slightly lighter than the first man, clean shaven, thick lips, buffed teeth, small nose. Aged in his early 20’s, and wearing a black mask rolled up on his head, long sleeve white shirt with buttons, long blue jeans pants and white sneakers.

A full area search was carried out following the robbery but the men were not located. Scenes of Crime Officers processed the scene and detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department are conducting enquiries. Anyone who thinks they saw the men, or has information about the robbery, is asked to contact DC Gustavo Rodriguez on 926-0767 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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