Two men sought after Plymouth shops targeted by thieves
THE POLICE are appealing for help to identify two men they want to interview in connection with a string of burglaries at city shops.
Detectives from Devon and Cornwall Police have released CCTV images following three incidents in the city on Saturday, which they believe to be connected.
The first incident happened at around 10.30am at the Spar shop on Wolseley Road.
Two men were found in a private area at the back of the shop by a member of staff, who asked them to leave. Officers said nothing was taken.
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Police believe two men then entered the Co-op on Peverell Park Road, in Peverell, at around 11am.
A spokesperson for the force said two men were again discovered in a private area at the back of the store and told to leave.
The men are then thought to have entered the Spar shop in North Hill at around 1.30pm the same day, police said.
This time one of the men distracted a female member of staff whilst the second man then entered a private area at the rear of the premises and stole a large amount of cash, believed to be in the thousands, a police spokesperson said.
Officers are keeping an open mind about whether there may have been more incidents.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "We haven't ruled out other offences. These were opportunist crimes and the way they were carried out suggests an element of planning to get in.
"We do believe all three are connected because of the type of shop targeted and the way the burglaries were carried out."
Officers are urging members of the public to help them identify the men.
The first man is described as being 5ft 11inches and of medium build.
He was in his mid to late twenties and was dressed in a grey fleece and dark trousers.
The second man was 5ft 10inches, of a slightly larger build than the first man and was wearing a dark, peeked woolly hat and a dark blue waterproof coat.
"We are urging all convenience stores within the city to look at their security measures and to challenge anybody they think may be acting suspiciously," the spokesperson said.
"Anybody who sees anyone trying to enter staff rooms, offices or private areas of the shop are also asked to be alert. If in doubt call the police.
"We are urging all shop staff to be vigilant for these men and anyone with information regarding these offences or their identity is asked to contact us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime number EC/13/1325.