A SERIAL armed robber who is targeting commercial properties while wearing a ‘Chucky’-style horror movie mask is being hunted by police.
Detectives at Humberside Police believe the man wearing the mask and a distinctive Adidas tracksuit has carried out four robberies across North Lincolnshire since September 30.
The fictional character Chucky was a notorious serial killer whose soul was trapped inside a doll and featured in the six Child’s Play movies.
Detective Inspector James Fairgrieve, who is leading the investigation, said: “There are people out there who know who this person is and I am now asking those people to please come forward and speak to police as a matter of urgency.
“The man in the ‘Chucky’ mask has been targeting a number of commercial properties in North Lincolnshire and police are carrying out thorough investigations to identify him, however we need the help of the public to please provide us with as much information as possible.
“I know people know who he is and we want this man taking off the streets and brought to justice.
“The man has got away with cash from a number of the stores and thankfully nobody was injured.
“I want to reassure the public that police are doing all they can to identify this man and we will not stop until he is arrested and brought into police custody. This man is jeopardising the livelihood of a number of people in North Lincolnshire and we take offences such as these very seriously.
“People can call Humberside Police tel 101 with any information, no matter how big or small, or alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously.
“This man is wearing a distinctive Adidas tracksuit and people may have seen him prior to him covering his face by putting on the mask and entering each of the premises.
“He also spoke with a foreign accent. If you were in the vicinity of any of the locations, saw somebody acting suspiciously or know who the man behind the mask is, then please call. The important thing is that this man is caught and we need your help to assist with this.”
In the first incident on October 16, police were called to reports that a man entered the Wells Street store in Scunthorpe and asked a woman to hand over money and cigarettes. The woman handed over the items which the man placed in a bag before leaving the store.
The robber may have been accompanied by another man and it is reported that they may have left the location in a vehicle. Police are trying to locate a man described as being mixed race, of a stocky build and with facial hair in the style of a goatee.
He was thought to have been aged in his 20s, with brown eyes and a large nose. He was described as wearing a dark, possibly blue/grey hoody with thick white cords around the neck, grey jogging bottoms and dark trainers. He was carrying a black drawstring bag with light-coloured strings.
A 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested in connection with the incident and both have been released on bail to a date in December, pending further enquiries.
In the next attack between 7.15pm and 7.45pm on November 8 an unknown man walked into the Dhillioh Stores, Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, with a firearm and placed a carrier bag onto the counter.
He is then alleged to have asked the shop assistant to hand over cash, which was placed into the bag, and then left. The offender was dressed in a grey Adidas tracksuit with Adidas trainers. He was of a stocky build, wore black leather gloves on and his face was covered by a mask.
At 9pm on November 15 at the Angerstein Road Newsagent a masked man confronted the shop owner who was in the process of locking and securing his shop.
The masked man was brandishing a handgun and after a brief tussle with the shop keeper tried to get him back into the store, but was stopped from gaining access and left on foot.
The final robbery was at 9.47pm on December 8 at the Sainsbury’s petrol station on Doncaster Road. The man was wearing a ‘Chucky’ style mask, an Adidas tracksuit and had a firearm and a Lidl carrier bag.
He demanded cash from the cashier and ran away after getting the money. He was chased by a member of the public as he ran along Doncaster Road.