We are investigating after a Co-op shop was robbed by three men last night, Wednesday 17 November.
We were called to Lawling Avenue, in Heybridge, shortly before 8.10pm.
The suspects, who all had their faces covered, threatened staff with a crowbar and a hammer and fled with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.
They left the area in a grey BMW which did not have a registration plate on it.
Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported by those in the store at the time.
Units attended the scene but no arrests have been made and our enquiries are continuing at pace. The investigation is being led by detectives in Chelmsford and Maldon CID.
At this stage, they are examining whether this incident is linked to previous robberies at this premises and other Co-op premises.
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston, of the North Local Policing Area, said:
“I understand this incident will be naturally causing concern within the community. “We have had officers working through the night to establish the circumstances behind the robbery and to closely examine the similarities between this incident and other live investigations. “There will be an increased policing presence in the area today and in the coming days. “We would also like anyone with doorbell or dashcam footage of the Lawling Avenue and Glebe Road areas to come forward and speak to us if they have not already done so. “Likewise, if anyone witnessed this incident but has yet to speak to us, please come forward.”
Anyone with information, pictures or footage of the incident should call us on 101 and cite incident 1015 of November 17.
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