However, two other men have subsequently been arrested – a 49-year-old from Coventry and a 26-year-old from Birmingham. They were arrested on suspicion of robbery and interviewed in custody before being released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Inquiries into the robbery of the Lichfield Road depot, which involved at least six offenders – are on-going and anyone with information should contact DS Kiley Round at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 232 on January 26. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Booker has also offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, charge and conviction of the robbers who demanded cash and threatened staff before stealing a quantity of cash and cigarettes. Staff were left shaken but no-one was injured.
Booker is now warning independent retailers not to purchase any tobacco products that are not from legitimate suppliers: A spokesperson said: “Booker is helping the police where ever possible and communicating with our retail customers to warn against purchasing any cheap cigarette products. We are encouraging retailers, not just in Tamworth but nationwide, to be vigilant and report to the police anyone who offers them cigarettes. We take matters of security very seriously and all colleagues have been offered counselling.”
See the Wholesale News security special feature on Page 10 of the February issue out next week.