A SHOP owner has told how his staff have been left traumatised after masked robbers armed with a machete burst into his business and demanded money.
Frightened workers at Margarets convenience store at Camplea Croft in Chelmsley Wood were forced to hand over ‘hundreds of pounds’ to the thieves who struck last Thursday, July 5 at around 6pm.
It’s believed the robbers, whose faces were hidden by white, ‘Hallowe’en-style’ masks, were in their late teens or early twenties.
Michael Gibbons, owner of the popular premises, said: “There were two female members of staff in the shop at the time, it has shaken them both and one has been left absolutely traumatised.
“They [the thieves] came into the shop and started shouting ‘give us the money out of the till.’ One of the girls started trying to throw the money towards them.
“Fortunately no one was physically injured and there was no damage. We have had incidents before but never anything like this.
“The reaction of the customers has been fantastic - one guy even offered me £1,000.
“Something like this really makes you realise you have to be on your guard at all times.”
A police spokesman said: “Police received a report of two males, one believed to be carrying a large knife or machete, entering the store and making off with a quantity of cash.
“No arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident but we urge anyone with information to contact us.”
One of the males is described as light skinned, mixed race, about 6ft and slim, with short black hair and dressed in black.
His accomplice is described as white, 5ft 9, slim, with short blonde hair. Police say the pair made off in a silver hatchback car.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101.