Police have made arrests following two armed robberies in Plymouth that are believed to have been linked.
Police were called at 10pm Monday 18 June with reports of an armed man threatening staff at the Co-Op store in Mutley, Plymouth.
It is believed that the suspect attempted to steal a charity box and when challenged, made threats to staff whilst holding a firearm and demanded money from the till before fleeing the area.
One member of staff was assaulted during the robbery.
Scenes of Crime and an investigative team attended; Initial localised searches were unsuccessful.
A second armed robbery took place at the Spar store on North Hill this morning at around 3:35am (Tuesday 19 June).
Units attended and following localised searches, two arrests were made. Two local men, aged 29 and 43 have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and await questioning.
Anyone who was in the area during the time of either robbery, or may have information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to contact 101 quoting crime number CR/053813/18.
You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News