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Two men arrested in connection with Weymouth armed robbery
1:09pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
TWO men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Weymouth betting shop.
Robbers armed with bats and a hammer threatened staff at the Coral shop in the Lodmoor Hill area on Saturday night.
They stole a total of £815 before fleeing from the scene.
Police have been told that two white men wearing dark clothing were seen armed with baseball bats, or similar implements, and a hammer.
It is believed they fled the scene on foot, and ran off towards Alexander Road.
Detective Inspector Stewart Dipple, of Weymouth CID, said: “This was a frightening and traumatic experience for the staff and customers in the shop.
“Even though we have made two arrests, we need the help of the community and people in the area at the time who may have witnessed people acting suspiciously near to Coral Bookmaker shortly before 8pm, or who saw two men in dark clothing running from the scene shortly after 8pm and making off on foot towards Alexander Road.
“In addition, we would ask local residents and businesses to keep a look out for any discarded hammers, baseball bats, or similar implements in the streets and gardens around the Lodmoor Hill area.
"It is also alleged that a member of staff had her purse stolen in the robbery, and I would also ask for the help of the community in locating a black soft leather purse that may have been discarded.”
Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen people acting suspiciously around the Lodmoor Hill area before 8pm on Saturday or running away from the scene and around neighbouring streets shortly after 8pm.
A 24-year-old man, of no fixed abode, and a 25-year-old Weymouth man have been arrested and are helping police with enquiries.
No one was injured during the robbery and the Coral shop has reopened for business.
Anyone with information can call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 23:154.