Shocking moment masked robbers burst into Co-op and threaten female worker with an AXE before snatching cigarettes and cash as horrified shoppers look on
- Robbers raided a Newcastle-under-Lyme Co-Op and waved an axe at a worker
- They stole cigarettes and cash from the till before running away with their loot
- Police are asking anyone with information on who they could be to get in touch
CCTV footage captures the terrifying moment two armed thugs burst into a shop and threaten a female worker with an axe while she cowers in the corner before they run away with stolen cigarettes and cash.
Horrified customers watch as the robbers jump over the Co-Op counter in Newcastle-under-Lyme and scare the worker away from the till.
They then grab cigarettes from the shelves behind the counter and sweep the till for cash before they stuff their stolen goods into a JD Sports bag and run away.
Two robbers raid a Co-Op in Newcastle-under-Lyme and threatened a female shop-worker with an axe
Shoppers stay completely still and watch in shock.
Staffordshire Police Detective Constable David Stubbs said: ‘This was a particularly distressing incident for the member of staff that was simply doing her job.
‘She was threatened with the axe before the pair raided behind the counter.’
The police have released the CCTV footage so that anyone who recognises the robbers or saw vehicles acting suspiciously before or after the robbery.
Customers watch as the robbers jump over the counter to threaten the shop-worker and raid the till
The masked robbers steel cigarettes and cash from the till before they run away with their stolen goods in a JD Sports bag
‘We’re determined to bring the offenders to justice and we would like to hear from anyone who has any information to get in touch as they could have information that may be able to assist with our investigation,’ said Stubbs.
Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 602 of 16 January, direct message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.