Police seek man they believe is connected with robberies

Jake Griffin
Jake Griffin

POLICE are looking for a man they believe is connected with two robberies in St Leonards.

Detectives would like to speak to 22-year-old Jake Griffin, from the St Leonards area but of no fixed address, in connection with a robbery at the One Stop shop, Bodiam Drive on Saturday, October 8 and a robbery at the Tesco Express, Fernside Avenue, last Monday (October 24).

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien, who is leading the investigation, said: “Detectives and local officers are continuing to work together on this ongoing investigation and one man has now been charged in relation to these offences.

“I would like to thank the public for their support and are asking for their help to locate a man we wish to speak to.

“We are asking members of the public not to approach Jake Griffin, but to call us on 101, the new police non-emergency number, and let us know where he is.

“I would urge Jake to contact police himself at the earliest opportunity.”

Griffin is white, 5ft 7ins tall, slim, and has cropped brown hair, with a scar on his left cheek.

Damien Oprey, 20, of Blackman Avenue, St Leonards, has been charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing a bladed or pointed offensive weapon in a public place. He was arrested by police on Tuesday.

Oprey appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court the next day and was remanded in custody until January 20, 2012 when he will appear at Lewes Crown Court to answer the charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101.