CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with two armed robberies in Northamptonshire have been released by police.
The image on the left shows an armed robbery in progress at the Cottage Stores and Post Office, in High Street, Potterspury on New Year’s Eve, last year.
Detectives are trying to identify the man in the floppy hat.
The second image, on the right, relates to another armed robbery a week earlier, on Christmas Eve, at the Premier Stores, in Towcester Road, Old Stratford.
Police want to identify the man wearing the hat with tassles.
In the Old Stratford robbery a hammer was used and a member of staff suffered minor injuries.
The robberies have been linked by detectives with two further offences in Milton Keynes.
PC Cheryl Thompson, of the Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “These were two very serious armed robberies, whereby the offenders used weapons to assault staff working at the shop before making off with cigarettes and cash.
“It is likely that the cigarettes have been sold in the Thames Valley and Northamptonshire area.
“There were another two offences committed in the Milton Keynes area at the start of January which we are linking to those in Northamptonshire.”