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Knife thugs in raid on store

PUBLISHED: 18:25 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:56 11 August 2010

TWO KNIFE-wielding thugs threatened a shop-keeper and robbed his family-run convenience store. Police are searching for the criminals who stormed into Padnall Stores in Padnall Road, Marks Gate, on Saturday, April 26. Nantha Kumar was about to close his

TWO KNIFE-wielding thugs threatened a shop-keeper and robbed his family-run convenience store.

Police are searching for the criminals who stormed into Padnall Stores in Padnall Road, Marks Gate, on Saturday, April 26.

Nantha Kumar was about to close his shop when the robbers entered at 9pm.

Mr Kumar, 31, said: "Two youths wearing balaclavas, came in with two big kitchen knives and said: 'Give me all your money!'

"I was standing behind the till, and one of them blocked my way so I couldn't run away, the other one was standing in front of the till.

"They took £200 out of the till and ran off. It was really quick."

He said he panicked when he saw the knives, which were about 30cm long.

Mr Kumar's father-in-law, Ellaiah Seethaiah, 58, who witnessed the robbery, said: "First, I did not see the knives. But when I saw them, I ran into the back of the shop to get a baseball bat.

"I pressed the emergency button but when I came out they had already left. It took five minutes for police to get here."

Mr Kumar added: "One customer was further back in the shop, but I don't think he saw anything. I think that he may have heard us, but by the time he got to the till, the men were gone.

"We have only been here for three months, I'm not worried, but I'm more careful now. And I'm going to put a camera outside."

One of the robbers was 5ft 10ins tall and was wearing a white zip nylon jacket with dark bottoms.

His accomplice was 5ft 7ins tall, and wore dark clothes. Both were about 18 or 19-years-old, white, slim, and wore black balaclavas.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call Detective Constable Henry McQuilliam on (020) 8217 7734.


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