AN armed, masked robber at the centre of two incidents last Thursday night, is the same person, police believe.
On Thursday, November 15, Dyfed Powys Police were called after a cashier was held up and cash stolen from a petrol station in Gorslas, near Cross Hands at 10pm.
Less than an hour later, at 10.45pm, a worker at Shahi Tandoori, in Trallwn, also became the victim of a robbery — with the robber's description matching that of the previous incident.
Dyfed Powys and South Wales Police were treating the two incidents separately, but said they were working together.
But now officers have revealed they believe the two crimes were committed by the same person.
"We have spoken with our colleagues in South Wales and are now working together to find the person responsible for these two robberies which were committed within an hour of each other," said Dyfed Powys Detective Inspector Steve Cockwell.
"There are striking similarities between both offences which has led us to the conclusion that they were committed by the same person.
A description of the offender has been released by police.
He is white, 5 ft 7in to 6ft and of medium build.
He was wearing a black puffa-type jacket which was thick and smooth, with a dark hoodie underneath with the hood up.
A Halloween-type face covering was worn, white in colour with black detail. "He was wearing dark coloured over trousers which have two horizontal fluorescent stripes around the bottom of the leg," said Inspector Cockwell.
Police continue to want to trace a motorcyclist seen parked within 20 metres of the garage at around 10pm.
"We would ask that this person comes forward so that if they have no involvement they can be eliminated from the enquiry," he added.
"Once again I ask anyone with information on either of these incidents, or if you can help us identify the person behind the mask to get in touch with us."
He moved to reassure the public of the rarity of the crime.
"Despite these latest occurrences, incidents of this kind are rare," he said.
"While these latest incidents are similar to a robbery at the Samraat Takeaway in Llwynhendy on Saturday, November 3, they are unconnected, as we have arrested and charged two men for that offence and they have been remanded in custody by the court."
Anyone with information about either incident can call 101 and ask for Ammanford CID or Neath CID.