Machete-wielding robber targets shop

Scene of the robbery. Cranwell Convenience Store. EMN-150311-085405001
Scene of the robbery. Cranwell Convenience Store. EMN-150311-085405001

A shocked shop owner has told how she feared for her life after being threatened by a robber brandishing a two-foot-long machete.

Harjinder Atwal told The Standard she was working behind the till at Cranwell Convenience Store on College Road, which she runs in the village with husband Saranjit, when a man came in holding a machete.

She said: “He came round the counter and I thought he would kill me, it was so scary.

“He was shouting, ‘open the till, open the till’.”

She handed over the contents of the till and he made off in the direction of RAF Cranwell.

Mrs Atwal said: “I have been so scared I cannot sleep at night. It makes me shiver.”

The incident happened at about 10.38am on Friday morning and Mr Atwal, who was also in the shop at the time, with two customers, said it was all over in a minute.

They have run the shop for four years and never experienced anything like it.

Mr Atwal said: “She had just taken over from me on the till.

“It was not just a knife - it was a big machete.

“I don’t understand why he targeted a little shop like this.”

It has been back to business as usual afterwards and he said the shocked community has been very supportive.

Police say two men arrested later in connection with the armed robbery have been released on police bail pending further enquiries after questioning.

The men, aged 20 and 28, were said by police to be from the local area.

A police spokesman said the investigation continues, and they are appealing for witnesses.

The offender is described as wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms, dark gloves, and carrying a yellow drawstring bag.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything in connection with the incident, is asked to call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 100 of October 30, 2015.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.