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Second armed raid at Rhosddu store in three months

Published date: 31 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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MASKED men burst into an off licence and pointed a shotgun in the face of staff and demanded money from the tills.

It is the second time in three months the Bargain Booze store on East Avenue, Rhosddu, has been hit by armed robbers.

The terrifying ordeal happened at 9.48pm on Wednesday when two masked men armed with a shotgun and a knife went into the store and forced the two staff members to hand over money.

Store owner Robert Keppel, 50, said the robbers escaped with all the money that was in the tills, which was in the region of £280.

He said: “Two masked men came into the store, one with a shotgun and one with a knife.

“A customer was in the store and was paying at the time, but he quickly ran out.

“The men threatened the two lads who were on duty.

“One stood in front of the counter holding the shotgun to them and the other went behind the counter and forced the staff to empty the tills.

“They then ran off.

“it was all over in about 40 seconds and the two young lads were left pretty shaken, but they are pretty resilient fortunately.”

The store was robbed in November last year by four men armed with a knife and metal bar who made off with about £1,500 and £250 worth of cigarettes.

After this second incident in such a short period of time Mr Kepple said he is now considering putting a protective perspex cover around the counter.

He said: “You just can’t prevent these kinds of things from happening, if people are going to do it then they are going to do it, so it really is difficult.

“When you go into off licences in the cities they have perspex screens everywhere, but I don’t want that in my store because it will have a negative impact on customers as we really are a community friendly store and we like to have face to face interaction with our customers.

“It will be sad if we have to lose that. But I have to think about staff safety as well.”

Tracey Jones, of Brymbo, was visiting a relative in Rhosddu when she saw the police.

“It was about 10pm. I saw flashing blue lights from a police vehicle at the end of the road by Bargain Booze,” she said.

“As well as two police cars there was also a helicopter. A friend came round and told us what was going on.”

Fay Mosley, of Grange Avenue, said: “I heard the police helicopter overhead and my daughter phoned me to say Bargain Booze had been done. It is worrying to have this crime going on.

“I am a regular customer there, it is a nice place to shop.”

North Wales Police say two men had been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an armed response unit and police helicopter were sent to the area.

Police spokesman Michael McGivern said: “We understand there was a knife and are trying to ascertain what the other weapon was.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have information to call 101.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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