Two men who were charged by police following incidents in Alton, Tean and Uttoxeter on Tuesday night (June 10) have now appeared in court.
Andrew Gregory, aged 37, of High Street, Uttoxeter, is charged with robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Kane Johnson, aged 36, of Ash Close, Uttoxeter, is also charged with robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
They appeared before North Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court in Newcastle-Under-Lyme today (Thursday, June 12).
They have both been committed to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to appear at a date yet to be fixed.
A third man arrested, aged 20, has been released from custody without charge. Police officers were in attendance at an address in Ash Close, Uttoxeter, on Tuesday following two incidents in the Staffordshire Moorlands earlier that evening.
A spokesman said: “Officers on the ground, with aerial support from the force’s helicopter, negotiated with the suspected offenders inside the address. “At approximately 6.20pm an attempted robbery took place at Grove House Post Office in Alton.
“Two suspects, who made reference to having weapons including a firearm, threatened staff, but left empty-handed.
“Just before 6.40pm a robbery took place at the Late Shop in High Street, Tean. “It is alleged that one suspect may have been armed with a knife and threatened a member of staff.
"An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen".
“Fortunately no staff members at either location were injured, although they have been left extremely shaken by the incident. An investigation is on-going.
“We would ask anyone who has any information who has not yet come forward to call us on 101 quoting incident 626 of June 10, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”