Gateshead officers snare armed robber in just three hours
08 Mar 2017 13:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police in Gateshead have been praised after it took them just three hours to locate and arrest an armed robber.
At around 6.30pm on Monday night (6/3) the Coral bookmakers in Winlaton was tageted by a man who entered the store and threatened staff with a knife.
He fled empty handed but a short time later the Co-operative store in Winlaton was also targeted by a man matching the same description.
On that occasion he fled with a small amount of cash but by the time officers arrived on the scene he had fled the area.
An investigation was launched by response police in Gateshead and a number of witnesses were secured and spoken to by officers.
Officers then trawled CCTV footage from the shops concerned and quickly identified an offender.
They then tracked him down to his home address and an arrest operation was carried out at a nearby address to arrest him - less than three hours after the report first came in to the control room.
Chief Inspector Ali Best, of Central Area Command, said: "There have been a number of robberies in our region in recent weeks and this swift action shows just how seriously we take it.
"Our officers were determined to take positive action from the minute they arrived at the scene and that put us in the best possible position to locate a suspect.
"We have managed to bring charges against an individual this afternoon and the fact that they will be in court less than 40 hours after the offence is remarkable.
"This police force will continue to work with local businesses to put measures in place to deter criminals but when they are targeted we will be there to take swift and effective action."
Police have charged a 38-year-old in connection with the offence and he will appear before magistrates in Gateshead today (Weds).
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any useful information, and who hasn't contacted the police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 952 06/03/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.