POLICE are investigating three robberies in Warwick in less than 24 hours.
An elderly woman was assaulted inside St Mary’s Church before collection cash was stolen around 2.30pm on Friday (July 28).
A man went into the Old Square church where he hit the woman, who is in her 80s, before grabbing the collection and making off on a pushbike.
The robber was wearing a green and orange top, a baseball cap and grey trousers.
Around an hour later a gun-toting robber assaulted a woman in a shop and demanded money.
Warwick Lighting on Smith Street was targeted by a thug armed with a hand gun at around 3.30pm.
A woman in her 50s suffered minor injuries after being hit. She was forced to open the till and the thief left with £55 in cash.
He was white, around 6ft, in his mid to late 20s, and was wearing a black bomber-style jacket, a blue baseball cap and sunglasses.
And an armed robber struck in the early hours of the following morning at the One Stop store on the Chase Meadow Estate.
A man entered the shop through the back entrance during a delivery at around 6am.
He threatened the delivery driver and a staff member with a knife-like weapon before they handed over an unspecified amount of cash.
The robber then fled in the direction of Hardwick Field Lane.
He was also white and in his mid to late 20s, and was wearing a black balaclava, dark grey, hooded puffer jacket, dark trousers and black gloves. He was carrying a blue and green coloured holdall bag.
Police have not said if they believe the robbers could be linked, but are appealing for anyone with information to call them on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.