An appeal for information has been made after staff and customers were threatened by masked thieves during an armed robbery in Wigan. Police received a call to Betfred on Elliott Street in Tyldesley to reports of an armed robbery a little before 11.30am on Sunday 13th August 2017.
The two masked men, who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, threatened staff and customers.
Both of the offenders have been described as being about 5ft 10” tall. One of the men was wearing light grey jogging bottoms with green writing on them. The other man was wearing all black clothing. Both were wearing balaclavas.
Police believe that this incident may have been linked with an attempted robbery earlier that day in Farnworth.
It was revealed through further enquiries that the offenders had also made an attempt to enter a convenience store at 11am on Highfield Road before they fled in a white Citroen Nemo.
The vehicle was traced by police to an address in Tyldesley and the sawn-off shotgun, a quantity of cash and drugs were recovered during subsequent searches.
A man in his 30s and a man in his 40s have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and enquires are ongoing.
Detective Sergeant Craig Hurst of GMP’s Wigan Borough said “This was a brazen attack, during daylight hours which has left the witnesses extremely shaken. Thankfully no-one was injured, but that doesn’t excuse what the staff and customers had to ordeal at the hands of these violent men.
“I would urge anyone that was in the area at the time that thinks they might have seen something that could help our investigation to please get in touch.”
Anybody who has any information can get in touch with police on 101, quoting incident number 1007 of Sunday 13 August 2017, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.