TWO men, one of them wielding a golf club, robbed a woman shop assistant of cash and cigarettes thought to total up to £2,500 in Solihull.
The pair, both wearing Balaclava helmets, struck at the Spar shop in Prospect Lane - near to the Sharmans Cross pub - at about 8.45pm on Monday. The woman was not injured.
DC Graham Hussey, of Solihull CID, said yesterday: "If there are any witnesses or people who were in the area that may have information they think could be useful, we would like to hear from them. We believe a silver-coloured estate-type vehicle was used by the offenders to make their getaway.
"Anyone who saw people near the shop, or a vehicle of a similar description in the area on Monday evening, could have useful information. Any snippet that may in itself seem insignificant could prove very useful."
The cash and cigarettes, estimated to have a total value of between £2,000 and £2,500, were put into bags.
Anyone who may be able to help can contact DC Hussey on 0121 712 6080 or ring Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A reward could be offered by Crimestoppers.
It was not known last night whether the Spar shop robbery was linked to a similar incident at the Co-op convenience store - also known as Star News - in Umberslade Road, Earlswood, the previous Monday (September 8).
Three men burst into the store at about 6.45pm and threatened a male assistant with a golf club before making off with the till drawer and cigarettes in a white Transit van, which had a dent in the driver's door.
The robbers were described as aged 18-25 and wearing black clothing.