DETECTIVES investigating two robberies at convenience stores in Kinmel Bay and St Asaph have issued CCTV footage of individuals they want to trace.
Two men armed with a hammer raided City News + Video, Chester Street, St Asaph at 10.30pm on Friday, January 31.
The shop assistant, who was left “hysterical” after the raid, was ordered to empty the tills before the raiders escaped towards Gemig Street.
On February 3 cash was taken from the Lifestyle Express store, Towyn Road, Kinmel Bay.
Police are also appealing for information following a robbery at Lifestyle Express store, Gadlas Lane, Llysfaen on February 6.
Just after 9.30pm police received a report of a robbery at the store where an individual entered and demanded money from the till. The shop assistant managed to run out of the store and the man fled empty handed.
Detectives investigating continue to keep an open mind as to whether the three incidents are linked.
DI Sion Williams said: "Our inquiries are very much on-going into the incidents.
"As well as continuing to appeal for witnesses and information, we hope that releasing the CCTV will assist in identifying the individuals we want to trace.
"It's important to keep in perspective that offences of this nature are still uncommon in our communities and although three have taken place in a relatively short time period there has not been an overall increase over the last 12 months.
"Together with our partners and the community we have made some positive strides over this period of time in reducing crime and with their continued support and assistance I'm sure we can identify those responsible and bring them to justice."
Patrols around retail premises have increased and officers have been liaising with shop owners and staff providing advice which includes encouraging them to report immediately any suspicious activity they may see in or around their premises to police, give consideration to the number of staff on duty at key times and ensure that all security systems are in full working order.
DI Williams added: "We urge anyone who may know the identity of those in the images released today to contact us immediately at St Asaph CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."