A BAKERY boss says he has stepped up security at his outlets after a hammer-wielding robber targeted his chain of pie shops.
Richard Waterfield, boss of Waterfields, says “everything that can be done is being done” to stop an armed thug who has struck at six of the chain’s outlets in recent weeks.
Detectives believe that the same offender has targeted five of the chain’s shops in St Helens and one of their shops in Liverpool since May 19.
The latest carbon-copy raid occurred at the Waterfields outlet in Higher Parr Street, Fingerpost, on Friday June 17.
Mr Waterfield said: “We’ve now changed all of our procedures and are working very closely with the police to ensure that we have the protection we need when we feel any of our shops are vulnerable.
“It’s got to the stage now where me and my brother are going out to visit the shops to make sure all our staff are comfortable. Hopefully this man will be brought to justice as soon as possible.
“We can’t understand why he’s picking on our shops. But we’re stepping up security and there is support available to all the staff who have been affected. Everything that can be done to stop this man is being done.”
Detectives investigating the robberies released CCTV stills of a dark grey or blue Vauxhall Astra that they believe the offender has used to make his getaways.
Det Sgt Lee Stinchcombe said: “Although we are keeping an open mind, we believe it is likely that it is the same man who is responsible for these six robberies and it is important we stop him.”
The offender is described as being between 5ft 10ins and 6ft 2ins tall and of thin build. He uses either a balaclava or a scarf and hood to cover his face as well as aviator-style mirrored sunglasses.
He has a Liverpool accent, although in one incident he spoke with a fake southern one.
Anyone with information should call detectives on 0151 777 6078 or 0151 777 6042 or Crimestoppers in confidence, on 0800 555 111.