£1,000 reward offered in hunt for ‘armed’ robber

CRIMESTOPPERS has offered a £1,000 reward after police connected two ‘armed’ robberies in the area to the same man.

Police revealed recently that they were treating attempted jewellery shop robberies in Skegness and Spilsby as linked.

And now Crimestoppers has stepped in to try to help catch the suspect before he strikes again.

They are offering up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crimes.

The first offence occurred at Gold ‘n’ Gifts in Lumley Road, Skegness just before 10am on Friday, August 26.

The masked man demanded that his holdall be filled with gold chains.

He had what appeared to be a small gun sticking out of the waistband of his jogging trousers.

The second offence occurred on Saturday, September 17, again just before 10am. A man entered Spilsby Jewellers, on the High Street in Spilsby, and attempted to steal a number of rings after threatening the staff with violence.

The man was in possession of what appeared to be a small black handgun.

DC Michael Parsons, from Skegness CID, said, “In both cases the offender was a tall, slim built man and, having reviewed CCTV footage, I am actively linking both incidents.

“In both robberies, the suspect approaches and leaves the shop on foot and I am appealing to anyone who recognises this man to contact me in confidence.

“Both incidents left staff members distressed and fearful and it is important we identify him as quickly as possible”.

Anyone with information should contact DC Parsons at Skegness Police Station on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.