POLICE in Wrexham have spoken of a ‘spike’ in robberies after another shop was raided in the town.
DRH Wines, on Rhosnesni Lane, became the fourth store to be targeted by robbers in under a fortnight.
Youths entered the off licence at about 8pm on Tuesday and threatened staff, forcing them to hand over cash, before running away.
Police described the spate of robberies – including the one last night at DRH Wines – as a ‘spike’.
Officers stressed they are pursuing all lines of inquiry to bring offenders to justice.
The Rhosnesni Lane raid follows robberies at shops in Town Hill, Caia Park, and Rhosddu since November 22.
After frightening staff at DRH Wines the youths made off with the till tray and were seen to head in the direction of Park Avenue.
Residents in the area are being asked to check their gardens and hedges for any items that may have been abandoned by the youths and to contact the police if they find anything suspicious.
Detective inspector Arwyn Jones. from Wrexham CID. said: “Fortunately no one was injured during the incident.
“Although this is the fourth incident of a similar nature to have occurred at similar stores over the last couple of weeks, we have made four separate arrests in relation to the respective offences, one of whom has been charged with robbery and is awaiting sentencing by the court.”
Dt Insp Jones added: “In general offences of this nature have decreased over the last 12 months and we are determined this very recent spike will be nipped in the bud and with the continued support and vigilance from the local community I’m sure we can quickly identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”
l An 18-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the raid and was released on police bail pending further investigations.