Local News & Archive — March 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm — Updated: March 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

Spate of armed shop raids linked, say police

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Police believe a spate of armed robberies in the Point FM area this month are linked.

It follows three raids on stores in Rhyl and Dyserth over the past week – in the latest, a Bargain Booze store on Wellington Road was targeted at just before 10.15pm on Sunday night. No one was injured.

Lifestyle Express, Dyserth

Three men also raided the Lifestyle Express store on Dyserth High Street at around 10.15pm on Saturday night and at Llewelyn Stores on Trellewelyn Road in Rhyl at around 9.55pm last Thursday.

It’s believed the men raided the Dyserth shop on Saturday with knives while wearing dark clothing. A dark-coloured vehicle was spotted near the junction with Maes-y-Foel that evening.

Two youths were arrested following the Llewelyn Stores raid, which left the female shopkeeper with a minor hand injury.

Detectives are also still investigating a raid involving three men at the Apex Stores in Kinmel Bay at around 10.20pm on Thursday 9th March. Two men were later arrested and bailed.

In all four robberies, staff were threatened with the offenders’ weapons before they fled with cash and cigarettes. Police patrols have been increased around the stores in a bid to stop further raids.

Detective Inspector Iwan Roberts, leading what’s being described as Operation Danism, said: ”I want to reassure the community and the small business community that we are doing all we can to progress this investigation. Arrests have already been made, but I am keen to locate any witnesses to the premises which have been targeted in the last week.”

Anyone with information about the robberies should contact Central CID on 101, quoting Operation Danism, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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