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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Robbery and Cold Callers

Police are appealing for witnesses following the robbery of a shop in Wistaston Road in Crewe.

At 8.08pm on Friday 1 March 2013, a man entered Owens General Store and approached a member of staff threatening her with a knife and demanding money.

The man then took a quantity of notes and fled the scene. He was last spotted heading along Flag Lane towards Batemans Court.

The assistant was unharmed but was left shaken by the incident.

DC Andy Dixon said: "We are making extensive enquiries to trace the person responsible for this and would appeal to anyone who may have information to contact us."

Anyone with information should contact DC Andy Dixon on 101 quoting incident 873 of 1 March 2013.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please be aware of rogue traders/cold callers requesting you to sign up to a service using a direct debit. There has been an incident whereby a male claiming to be from a phone company has asked a resident to sign up to a service. The male knew the first four digits of the residents card number and was therefore encouraged to provide the rest.
Cards were cancelled by the resident following the visit and no money was taken however, it is worth remembering that if receipts etc. are disposed of in a waste bin they may contain the first or last four digits of your payment card as a proof of purchase.
A second incident which has occurred relates to an elderly resident being asked for directions by a female whilst unpacking shopping from her car. When the resident has returned to the vehicle after putting shopping into the house the female has been joined by a male also asking for directions. Later on that evening the resident has been informed by her bank of two large cash withdrawals since the encounter and has then realised that her bank card has gone.
Please ask residents to ensure that vehicles are locked when unattended even if for a short period.

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