Man arrested over machete robberies at Greggs Bakeries

Police have arrested a man over a series of machete raids at Greggs Bakery shops across Birmingham.

Officers moved in at an address in Sparkbrook this morning (8th August) where they arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

He’s being questioned in connection with five attacks on shops in Maypole, Weoley Castle, Ward End, Acocks Green and Erdington between February and July.

A machete has been seized by officers investigating a series of robberies a Greggs Bakeries

Detective Constable Laura Halpin from Force CID in Stechford, said: “We’ve linked at least five robberies at Greggs shops where an offender has struck at opening time and threatened staff with a machete wrapped in a plastic bag before making off with cash.

“No-one was hurt but clearly these were traumatic incidents for the staff who were faced with an armed man and threatened with violence.

“Our enquiries led us to the home address of our suspect in Sparkbrook and officers moved in at around 8am to make an arrest. As part of our enquiries we have also recovered a machete.”

The Greggs shops targeted are:

  • Fox & Goose Shopping Centre, Ward End, on 28 February
  • Weoley Castle Road on March 21
  • Alcester Road, Maypole on 11 April
  • Olton Boulevard East, Acocks Green on 23 May
  • Kingsbury Road, Erdington on 4 July