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Warning to Norwich shop workers as police issue wanted man appeal

Just Regional
Apr 27, 2015 2 mins read

Detectives are warning workers to be on their guard to a man who has been targeting shops and bookmakers in Norwich.

It follows a series of incidents this month (April) in the city where cash has been stolen from businesses with the latest burglary taking place last night at Betfred in St Augustines Gate.

Police have taken the unusual step in issuing the photograph of the man they believe is responsible for the crimes – 43-year-old Anthony Eames.

Eames, who is thought to be at large in the Norwich area, is also wanted for a robbery at Crown Stores in Yarmouth which happened in February.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Knights, from Norwich CID, hopes that by releasing the photograph it will prevent further incidents and allow the public to help officers already searching for him.

Eames is wanted for nine offences including burglary, theft and robbery, which have taken place between 2 April and last night (26 April) all in Norwich.

She said: “We’ve been able to identify a clear pattern of offending in these incidents which would suggest they are being committed by the same person.

“Additional evidence combined with this information has led to Eames becoming the prime suspect and extensive searches have so far proved unsuccessful.

“These are very serious offences and I would urge members of the public who have any information on Eames’ whereabouts to contact police immediately.”

Last night (26 April) a man entered Betfred in St Augustines Gate at about 9pm and chatted with staff before leaping over the counter and stole notes from the till.

It follows a similar incident on Wednesday (22 April) at Ladbrokes in Sovereign Way when a man entered the shop shortly after 8pm and grabbed money from the cash drawer while the till was open.

Police are also linking this to a burglary at PACT in Dove Street on Monday 13 April where a wallet containing cash was stolen from an area behind the till at about 10.15am.

Anyone who knows where Eames is should not approach him but contact police immediately by calling 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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