THE armed raider terrorising pies shops across St Helens has struck SIX times over the past few weeks - here is a breakdown of each incident.
4.45pm on Thursday, May 19 - Peckers Hill Road, Sutton
A man wearing a luminous yellow high-visibility jacket, hooded top, baseball cap and aviator-style mirrored sunglasses entered the shop armed with a hammer and demanded that staff – two women aged 32 and 50 – open the till and safe. He made off with a substantial amount of cash after ordering the women to stay in the back room.
7am on Monday, May 23 - Woolton Street, Allerton
An offender matching the same description stole cash from the till and safe, as well as the handbag of the 42-year-old assistant manager, which contained her purse, mobile phone and tickets to a pop concert.
9am on Thursday, June 2 - Four Acre estate, Clock Face
Three female staff aged 39, 57 and 62, were on duty in the shop when a man matching the same description, again carrying a hammer, walked in and demanded access to the safe. He made his escape after emptying the safe.
7.45am on Monday, June 6 - Warrington Road, Rainhill
A man wearing a high-visibility jacket, mask and mirrored sunglasses forced open a door to the shop while three staff members – two women aged 52 and 45 and a 42-year-old man – were preparing to open. Armed with a hammer, he ushered them into a back room while he stole cash from the safe.
11am on Wednesday, June 8 - Greenes Road, Whiston
A man with a similar description stole a small amount of cash.
8am on Friday, June 17 - Higher Parr Street, Fingerpost
A man in his 20s, wearing a heavy duty high-visibility jacket, a baseball cap and white trainers confronted two staff members and a delivery man armed with a hammer. He demanded that they open the safe then locked them in a back room before fleeing the scene in a car.