Police are investigating three armed robberies that took place at stores across Eastbourne. They have arrested three people.
A 29-year-old man, 36-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman have been detained on suspicion of robbery. This was after the report of an armed robbery at the Co-op store in Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, just before 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th February. A man armed with a hammer and a taser entered the store and threatened the staff and the customers – the man demanded money. The three suspects are now being held in custody.
Detectives are linking this robbery with two others on 1st February at the One Stop Community store in Winston Crescent and the McColls Store in Holly Place on Sunday 4th February. In both of these incidents a man entered the shops and demanded cash from the staff. When the first robbery occurred the man was armed with a knife and in the second he had a claw hammer.
Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said: “We were able to quickly arrest three suspects in connection with these robberies last night. We are still appealing for witnesses to all three robberies and would like to hear from anyone who has any information.”
If you have any information which could help the investigation, contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Vacation.