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Raiders threaten staff with syringe

PUBLISHED: 18:01 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

MASKED robbers are threatening shop staff with syringes before making off with cash and cigarettes.

MASKED robbers are threatening shop staff with syringes before making off with cash and cigarettes.

In just 12 days, three Threshers off licenses have been targeted in Bexley, Blackheath and Eltham.

In the latest attack in Stratheden Parade, Blackheath, last Sunday at 7.25pm, the robbers threatened the two female workers with a syringe and locked them in the toilet.

One of the members of staff thought that they could see a gun or knife in one of the robber's pockets.

They both wore scarves over their faces but one held a syringe between his teeth.

A source, who did not want to be named, said: "The eldest worker is traumatised and has not spoken to anyone. The younger one is fine and she was back at work the day after.

"It is a community place. A lot of the customers will be shocked to hear this. It is very out of the blue."

The robbers demanded money from the till and safe and the keys to the CCTV unit.

But when one of the women said only the boss carries the keys, the robbers started shoving and threatening the terrified workers.

One of the robbers locked the women in the toilet and tried to rip the CCTV camera from the wall.

This follows an identical attack in Bexley High Street on August 9 at 4.50pm where the robbers again brandished syringes.

And just three days before, two men dragged a female worker into the store room during a raid in the Threshers in Westmount Road, Eltham, at 5.45pm.

In all three raids, the robbers, who are still on the loose, stole cash and cigarettes.

A spokesman for Threshers said: "Staff and customer safety and security is our top priority and we have a number of security equipment devices in place in every store to help deter and prevent crime.

"CCTV footage of the latest incident has been made available to the police and our staff members at the store have been offered access to our counselling service."

The robber wielding the syringe is white, aged between 25 and 35, 5ft 6ins, with short blond hair and was wearing a dark hooded top.

The other is an Asian man aged between 25 and 35, around 5ft 7ins, with dark short hair and he was wearing a light blue hooded top. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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