Four robbers brandishing baseball bats threatened a shopkeeper during a raid at a Sheffield convenience store.
The men struck at the Premier store on Bramall Lane, leaving the 24-year-old sales assistant ‘shaken’.
Three men, two of whom were carrying baseball bats, walked into the store shortly after midnight yesterday and ordered the shopkeeper to hand over cash from the till.
A fourth man waited outside.
Afterwards, the group made off on foot towards London Road with their haul of cash and cigarettes.
Neighbours and workers in the Bramall Lane area were upset to hear of the shopkeeper’s ordeal - and said it is the second armed robbery at the store in about a month.
Michael Stephens, aged 62, of Alderson Place, said: “I think we need more police on the beat. Everybody is very sociable in this area and we get on well together so it’s not nice to hear about something like this.”
Sophia Walton, 23, who works at Arnold Laver timber merchants, added: “They’ve had quite a few incidents in that shop. There’s always stuff being stolen - we’ve heard about people stealing cheese and all sorts.”
Her colleague Emma Bailey, 31, added: “It’s not too bad round here though we have heard of people getting mugged. I’ve never felt unsafe myself walking around because it’s so busy, but at night it might be different.”
The first robber was about 5ft 10ins. He was white, in his 20s and had facial hair. He was wearing a cream-coloured cap, a light jacket with epaulettes on the sleeves and dark-coloured trousers.
The second was dressed all in black except for a grey hood.
The third was also wearing all black clothing and had his hood up with a cap underneath. He was around 5ft 8ins tall.
The fourth man, who remained outside the shop, was wearing dark trousers and shoes, a blue top, a red hooded top and a blue bodywarmer.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.