A masked teenager pointed a handgun at a Sheffield petrol station cashier and ordered: “Give me the money or I will blow your brains out.”
The terrified female worker handed over hundreds of pounds and dozens of cigarettes in the raid on the High Street service station in Beighton.
The robber, believed to be aged just 16 to 18, then fled in the direction of Woodhouse Lane after carrying out the raid.
Store manager Marilyn Jones said the female worker, in her 30s, has been left shocked by the raid. Mrs Jones said: “She was about ready for locking up at the time, and was putting the last things away.
“A youth came in wearing a balaclava and threatened her with a gun.
“He told her, ‘Give me the money or I will blow your brains out’.”
Mrs Jones said the worker handed over more than £400 in cash, and around £80 worth of cigarettes.
The station manager said she rushed to the scene after hearing about the incident minutes after it happened.
She said she stayed with the worker as the station was closed while police investigations took place.
Mrs Jones said: “She was shocked and shaken up, but she handled it better than I thought. It is a bit scary.”
No CCTV footage of the incident was captured, but Mrs Jones said she hopes the police are able to catch the robber after they were given a description of him.
The store reopened as usual yesterday following the raid shortly before 9pm on Wednesday.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “The staff member was left shaken but did not suffer any injuries during the incident.
“The offender is described as white and between 16 and 18 years old, around 5ft 8ins tall, and stocky.
“He was wearing a grey top and tracksuit bottoms and spoke with a local accent.”
- Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 959 of Wednesday, October 8.