Greater Manchester Police are appealing for information after balaclava-clad robbers targeted a shop in Middleton.
Shortly after 10.05pm on Monday 20 March 2017, police were called to the Co-op store on Kenyon Lane. Three men wearing balaclavas had entered the shop, one was armed with a crowbar. They demanded the staff to open the safe.
When one staff member refused, the man with the crowbar grabbed him around the neck. The offenders then fled with three tills containing cash.
They left in a dark coloured vehicle, suspected to be a black Vauxhall Vectra. They drove at speed down Sandy Lane towards Grimshaw Lane, nearly colliding with an oncoming vehicle.
The man with the crowbar was described as being of stocky build, with a Mancunian accent. He was wearing a grey or tan hooded top.
Another offender was described as slim build and wearing a black hooded top. His top is believed to have the word ‘BOSS’ written in white on the chest.
Detective Constable Claire Bracey, of GMP’s Rochdale borough, said: “These men have put innocent staff members through a distressing ordeal, all for petty cash from a till.
“This happened near a busy junction in a residential area so someone must’ve seen something.
Police are urging anyone with information to come forward. Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1703, 101 quoting incident number 2337 of 20/02/17. Similarly, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.