Masked raid gang had axes and crowbars
DETECTIVES are hunting a group of masked men who threatened staff with crowbars and axes at a hi-tech company in Peterborough.
The balaclava-clad gang of seven men raided GPSK Ltd, who specialise in selling satellite navigation systems, in Papyrus Road, Werrington, on Wednesday afternoon.
Armed with axes and crowbars, they stormed through the doors of the small business unit at 5.50pm and threatened staff with their weapons while demanding equipment and money.
But the men were out-numbered by staff and, quickly realising they were out of their depth, they bundled into a getaway van and drove off at speed, without any goods or money.
Staff at the unit called police immediately afterwards and while noone was injured, people were left shaken by the incident.
Officers, including armed police officers, conducted a search of the local area and the robbers’ getaway vehicle, a stolen white Vauxhall van, was picked up in Morrisons in Uffington Road, Stamford, by Lincolnshire Police.
DCI Jon Huntchinson, who is investigating the incident, said: “This is a rare type of offence which has been pre-planned well in advance.
“No members of staff were injured but one person was pushed. An axe and a crowbar were also swung at members of staff which had the potential to kill someone.
“We believe the offenders were ex- pecting one or two members of staff but when they actually got inside they were out-numbered.
“We believe this confused them and what could have been a well-orchestrated crime may have turned into a comedy of errors which they left behind.”
DCI Hutchinson said he currently has a team of 15 officers working on the case and trawling through CCTV evidence.
They are also working with neighbouring forces and examining forensic evidence from the scene.
He added: “We have identified two vehicles involved in the robbery. One was a white Vauxhall van, which was previously stolen in Essex on April 29.
“We believe it has been disguised with several fake number plates. That vehicle was later found in Morrisons car park and the men were seen to run from the vehicle.
“The other vehicle is a white Mercedes 7.5-tonne lorry, which is like a removal van. It was abandoned at the scene of the crime when staff at the location heroically challenged the offenders and scuppered the offenders’ plans.
“They all bundled into the van and drove away at speed.
“Offences of this nature are normally carried out by organised crime groups and it is possible that they may have come from outside the area.
“One robbery is one too many and we will not rest until this people are put in prison.”
n A 20-year-old man from Spalding and a 21-year-old man from Stamford have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Both men are being held at Thorpe Wood Police Station.
iNvEStigatioN: DCI Jon Hutchinson who is investigating the bungled raid at GPSK Ltd in Werrington. (METP-03-06-10DL615)