Man charged following convenience store robberies in Portsmouth.
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A 31 year-old man has been charged by detectives investigating four convenience store robberies in Portsmouth.
More than £1,000 in cash and tobacco were stolen between Saturday 13 and Sunday 28 January 2024. No-one was hurt.
Cash was taken from the Premier Store on Victoria Road in Southsea by a man using a belt as a weapon on Saturday 13 January and then a man using a bike chain as a weapon on Saturday 20 January.
A man with a knife then stole cash from the Cjarmi Convenience Store on London Road On Tuesday 23 January and Saturday 28 January. Tobacco was also stolen during the last robbery.
Lee Samuel Fewings, aged 31, of no fixed address has subsequently been charged with four offences of robbery, two offences of possession of a knife in a public place, and two offences of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He was remanded to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court today (Friday 2 February) where he was further remanded to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday 4 March.
Business crime is a priority for the district, and we are dedicated to investigating reports made to us, especially involving violence towards shop staff or where repeat offenders are involved. We have a city centre team dedicated to catching offenders and will be working with the Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership and businesses in Southsea and across the city.
To help protect your business:
Make sure staff are able to use any appropriate security equipment such as panic alarms.
Make sure CCTV cameras are in good working order, the position provides the best possible coverage and they are serviced annually.
Remind staff to report any suspicious activity to the manager or the police. Details should also be recorded and include: date, time, description of person.
The community are our eyes and ears and we encourage you to report all incidents as soon as you are able to by calling 101 if it’s not an emergency.