10 May 2018
News and appeals
Two Crawley robberies thought to be connected
Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in the Ifield area of Crawley.
At 6.20am on Tuesday (April 17) a man entered the Coop on Ifield Parade wearing a grey tracksuit and full motorcycle helmet covering his face. He had a hammer and demanded money from the store manager.
He was told there was no money so he took a bag of cigarettes that had recently been delivered and left the store. He made off from the store on a black motorcycle.
Detectives believe this is connected to a similar robbery at a Premier store in Oakwood Court, Broadfield on April 5. Read more here.
Newsagent robbed while opening up shop in Dorsten Square, Crawley
Police are investigating an incident at Martin's Newsagents, Dorsten Square, Crawley, when two men attacked the manager as he opened up the shop.
He was threatened with a mallet and forced to hand over the keys to the safe.
Cash and lottery scratch cards were stolen before the thieves made off in a blue Vauxhall Corsa car.
The robbery took place between 5.15 and 5.25am on Thursday (3 May). No one was hurt.
Police are still searching for Archie Gates, who is wanted on recall to prison.
The 20-year-old, from East Grinstead, was jailed for 14 weeks on 30 January in relation to an assault in the town. Read more here.
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