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Man is arrested after two robberies within an hour

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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POLICE have arrested a man in connection with two robberies, which took place within an hour of each other.

A 22-year-old man has been detained at Neath Police Station, following his arrest on suspicion of a robbery at Gorslas Service Station, on the A476 near Cross Hands, and at Shahi Tandoori, Trallwn Road, Swansea, last Thursday night.

But detectives from Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police have said they are continuing to jointly investigate the two robberies and are still appealing for information.

Police were called on November 15, after a cashier was allegedly held up and £200 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 an alleged robbery.

Police issued a description of a man they wanted to speak to in connection with both incidents.

They said he was 5ft 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 with black detail.

"He was wearing dark coloured over trousers which had two horizontal fluorescent stripes around the bottom of the leg," said Dyfed-Powys Detective Inspector Steve Cockwell.

Police also wanted to trace a motorcyclist seen parked within 20 metres of the garage at around 10pm.

"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," said Inspector Cockwell.

He moved to reassure the public of the rarity of such crimes.

"Despite these latest occurrences, incidents of this kind are rare," said Inspector Cockwell.

"While these latest incidents are similar to an alleged robbery at the Samraat Takeaway in Llwynhendy on Saturday, November 3, they are unconnected, as we have arrested and charged two men in connection with that incident and they have been remanded in custody by the court."

Anyone with information can call 101.

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