Police have released CCTV images after two McColls convenience stores were robbed on the same day in Wigan.
At around 3.30pm on Sunday 30 July 2017, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at a McColls store on Newton Road in Lowton.
Two men entered the shop carrying an axe. The first man jumped over the counter, while the second went behind the till and threatened the shop assistant.
These men demanded that the woman open the till, threatening her with the axe, before using it to forcibly open the cash register.
A few hours later at around 10.50pm, police were called to reports of another armed robbery at the McColls Store on Atherton Road in Hindley.
This robbery involved two men who jumped over the store counter and threatened the shop assistant with a knife.
Terrified, the assistant opened the cash register and the two men ran off with the till’s contents in an unknown direction.
Police have released CCTV images of men they wish to speak to in connection with the investigation.
Detective Constable Jessica Samouelle of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “The assistants at these McColls stores have been left in shock after being threatened with weapons to open the stores’ tills.
“I can only hope that someone recognises the men in the images, in order to help with our investigation.
“I’m urging anyone who was in either Hindley or Lowton at the time and saw anything or know the men in the images, to please come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7331 or 101 quoting incident number 1386 of 30/07/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.