Worker hurt and cash, cigarettes and alcohol stolen in Yate shop robbery
A SHOP worker was hurt and a "significant amount" of cash, cigarettes and alcohol was stolen in a robbery at a Yate convenience store.
Police say two men went into McColls on Cranleigh Court Road shortly after 6am today, forcing a member of staff into the office and holding them there.
The robbers then took what police described as "a significant amount of cash along with cigarettes and alcohol" which they carried off through the back door before escaping into Cranleigh Court Road car park.
The incident left the shop worker with minor injuries and "badly shaken up".
Avon and Somerset police have appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
They say the victim described both offenders as Asian and in their mid-20s.
One was wearing a green bomber jacket and black jogging bottoms. He had a black bandana over his face.
The other wore dark clothing, including trousers with silver reflective markings around the shins. He was wearing a bandana with a picture of a skull over his face.
The men were carrying a large green plastic bag with white handles, which they used to carry off the cash and stolen goods.
Detective Inspector Richard Marsh said: “This was a terrifying incident for the member of staff, who was working alone at the time.
“While thankfully they only sustained minor injuries, they have clearly been badly shaken up by what happened.
“Officers arrived within minutes of being called but despite an extensive search of the area they were unable to locate the offenders.
“Specialist crime scene investigators have examined the shop, while CCTV footage is already being viewed as part of our inquiry.
“We’re keen to speak to anyone who was in the Cranleigh Court Road area early this morning who saw anything suspicious.
“If you saw the two men described, or have any other information which could help our investigation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5219228386.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
A spokesperson said no personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and callers who contact Crimestoppers do not have to go to court or even speak to the police.