Oldham DETECTIVES “are working hard” to bring a number of criminals to justice after three armed robberies in the district – two of which involved guns.
Police were dispatched to Manchester Road in Oldham at around 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday 12 October after a 26-year-old man was threatened with a gun by a thief who asked him to hand over money and his bank card.
The offender then set off on foot in the direction of Oldham town center.
The victim suffered no injuries but was “incredibly shaken” by the ordeal.
A CCTV image has been released of a man the police want to talk to in connection with the crime.
CCTV image of a man police want to talk to in connection with the armed robbery on Manchester Road in Oldham on October 12
Three days later, on Friday October 15, police were dispatched to the Lees Village gas station on St John Street just before 9:10 a.m. to report an armed robbery.
A man approached the store, pointing what appeared to be a gun at staff demanding money.
He then left with around £ 300 in cash.
Two CCTV images of a man were released in connection with the theft.
Photos of man released in connection with the robbery at Lees Village gas station on Friday, October 15
Then on Monday October 25 at around 10 a.m., police were called to report an armed robbery at a store in Town Square shopping center in Oldham.
It was discovered that two men entered the store before threatening staff with a screwdriver and leaving with cash.
No one was injured, but the staff were shocked.
The robbers set off in a gray Suzuki Swift.
Images of a man wearing a Manchester United shirt have been released by agents in an attempt to locate him.
Three photos of man wanted by police in the Town Square shopping mall robbery
No arrests have been made in any of the three robberies and Greater Manchester Police have not confirmed whether the crimes are linked.
DCI Chris Maddocks of the Oldham Division of the force said, “Incidents like this are rare.
“My team of experienced detectives are working hard to identify these people and bring them to justice and I have no doubts that we will be knocking on their doors soon.
“Our officers’ commitment is to ensure the safety of the people of Oldham, and they will continue to work with the community to end incidents like this occurring in the area.
“I would like to urge anyone with information on the Manchester Street, Oldham incident on Tuesday October 12th to contact us citing incident 2,774 on October 12th via LiveChat, our reporting center at gmp.police.uk.
You can also contact us by dialing 101. You can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.
“If you see something, say something and we can do something.”