Co-op staff held up during armed robbery

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a supermarket in Alrewas.

Police were called to the Co-op, Main Street, just after 9.30pm last night, Wednesday.

Three male offenders entered the open store through the front doors. One offender was armed with two crowbars.

The men threatened two members of staff and demanded cash. They went on to steal an undisclosed quantity of cash from a back office and a large quantity of cigarettes from behind the shop counter.

Fortunately the two members of staff, a man and woman, were not injured but left shaken by the incident.

The offenders fled the store through the rear doors, out into the rear car park.

Seconds later a small white car drove off at speed, with the offenders believed to be inside the vehicle.

The main offender, who was armed with the crowbars, wore a blue hooded top with a white balaclava.
The other two also wore hooded tops with scarves/facial coverings.

An investigation into the incident is now underway.

Anyone with information on the incident, or who saw suspicious persons/vehicles in the Alrewas area last night, is asked to contact DC Graham Tomlinson at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 689 of January 22, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.