Man charged in connection to post office robberies

Date published: 19 October 2018 09:40
Dated: 19 October 2018 10:40:09

A 36-year-old man has been charged in connection to two robberies at a post office in the Catcliffe area of Rotherham.

At around 4.45pm on Tuesday 16 October, it was reported that a man entered the store on Brinsworth Road, and stole a quantity of cash from the till and some cigarettes. The man also made threats to staff with a broken bottle, but no one was injured.

The following evening (Wednesday 17 October), at around 6.15pm, police received a report that a man had entered the store on Brinsworth Road and forced the shop assistant behind the counter, making demands for cash and cigarettes.

The shop owner then entered the store and was in the process of detaining the offender, who is said to have picked up a bottle and hit the owner with it, causing a cut to his head.

Thomas Whaley, of no-fixed-address, has since been charged with two counts of robbery, section 18 wounding, threatening with an offensive weapon and possession of a knife/bladed object.

He has been remanded in to custody to appear before Sheffield Magistrate’s Court this morning (Friday 19 October).

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