ARMED robbers brandishing a wooden pole and baton burst into a shop in Sheffield in a terrifying armed raid.
The masked men, who were captured on CCTV in the shop, demanded cash from the till and pointed a weapon at the horrified shop assistant, warning her not to make a sound.
Two thugs struck at the Old Post Office convenience store and off-licence on Loxley Road, Loxley, while Gina Fowler was working alone.
She handed over cash, fearing for her safety but then ran into the back office to release two German Shepherd dogs.
The robbers fled with their takings. No-one was hurt.
Vanessa Cutler, aged 45, who runs the shop with husband Shaun, 50, said she hopes people will recognise the robbers from a CCTV image.
“One of the men had a bar and the other a baseball bat and they ordered the woman working here to get them money from the till,” she said.
“One of them pointed a weapon at her and told her not to make any noise.
“She went into the back, got the dogs out and started shouting for me and my husband who live above the shop and were coming downstairs. It stopped them getting anything else, such as drink and cigarettes. My husband ran after them but they got away.
“It’s upsetting to think that people do this to small businesses where people are often working alone. But over a 15-year period any house stands a one-in-10 chance of getting burgled.
“We have stepped up security even more. We live in a nice area and know all the people who come in, so it is sad that there are scum out there who will do this.”
The men were both about 18. One was 5ft 6in, thin and wore black and white trainers and a dark waterproof jacket with hood up and his face covered.
The other was about 5ft 8in, thin and wore a dark waterproof jacket, black and white trainers and a full mask.
A police spokeswoman said: “Two masked males entered the store carrying what is believed to be a baton and a wooden pole and demanded money from the till. No-one was injured. However, the shop assistant was very shaken.”
- Anyone with information about the incident on Tuesday, January 18, 7pm, should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.