Thugs with baseball bat leave shopkeeper in fear

SELVARAJINI KURUKULASINGAM at her store at Duncan St,Brinsworth, after a robbery of cigarettes
SELVARAJINI KURUKULASINGAM at her store at Duncan St,Brinsworth, after a robbery of cigarettes
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A SHOPKEEPER says she is living in fear robbers will return after two men – one armed with a baseball bat – held up her convenience store.

The thugs struck at the A&S store – formerly Mace – on Duncan Street, Brinsworth, Rotherham. They demanded cash before loading up a shopping trolley with £1,000 worth of Benson & Hedges Gold, Regent and Richmond cigarettes and fleeing in a blue car.

Police said the male shop assistant working at the time was uninjured but ‘very distressed’.

Selvarajini Kurukulasingam, aged 36, who has run the shop for seven years, was asleep upstairs with her husband and two children when the raiders struck.

She said she now feels ‘frightened’ and is fearful the robbers will come back.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses, anyone with information, and anyone who is offered cut-price cigarettes.

Both robbers were white, in their early 20 and average build.

The robber who brandished the baseball bat was around 5ft 6ins and wore dark clothes. His accomplice was around about 5ft.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Two men, one carrying a baseball bat, entered the store and threatened the shop assistant behind the counter.

“They demanded cash from the till and one of the offenders filled a shopping basket full of cigarettes. Both men then fled and may have left the area in a blue vehicle.

“The shop assistant was not injured, but has been left very distressed by the incident.

“Officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage and are appealing for anyone with information to contact South Yorkshire Police immediately.

“Officers are particularly keen to speak to a number of customers who were seen leaving the store moments before the robbers struck.

“Over £1,000 worth of cigarettes was stolen. If anyone has been approached to purchase some cigarettes, especially any of the brands, please contact the police.”

Anyone with information about the raid at 6.30am last Friday should call police on 101 quoting reference 165 of February 17.