A robber pointed his gun at terrified female staff during a raid on a Sheffield store and told them: “I’m not a bad person.”
The armed robber escaped with cash after pointing the firearm at two women working at the Spa View Road convenience store and post office in Hackenthorpe.
He placed the weapon on the counter top with the barrel facing his victims and demanded cash from the staff.
Employee Sharon Brown, who saw CCTV footage of the incident, said staff were ‘terrified’.
Mrs Brown, aged 60, who works in the post office, said: “He said when he pointed the gun at the staff ‘I’m not a bad person’. Well, I don’t know any nice people who carry guns around.”
She added: “I saw what happened on CCTV, it was frightening.
“He put the gun on the counter facing the staff. They were terrified but they have come back to work – they are not going to let him get the better of them.”
Mrs Brown, who has worked in the post office for 20 years, said: “I don’t know what I would have done in that situation, it fills you with dread thinking about it.
“I am looking at everyone who comes in now wondering if it is him coming back.
“It makes you worried about what is going to happen next.”
Detectives investigating the raid are looking for possible links with other robberies where guns have been brandished.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at around 6.05pm on Sunday, January 4, to reports of a robbery at a convenience store in Spa View Road, Hackenthorpe.
“It is reported that an unknown man entered the premises, threatening staff with what is believed to be a firearm and demanding money.
“A quantity of cash was taken during the incident and nobody was injured.
“Detectives are exploring the possibility that this incident may be linked to other reported robberies in the city in recent weeks.”
Two women, aged 20 and 22, have been arrested in connection with the incident and remained in police custody yesterday.
The man police are hunting is white, around 20 years old and slim.
He was wearing a three-quarter length jacket with light-coloured chino trousers and dark gloves.
* Witnesses to the raid or anyone with information should call Ecclesfield CID on 101 quoting incident number 716 of January 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.