Brave shop manager shows villain the door
9:03am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A BARRY store manager has urged people to help trace a knife-wielding man who left her shaken following an attempted robbery on Saturday, August 17.
Brave Kay Gill, manager of Premier Holton Road Stores, appealed to witnesses to come forward and offered a small reward to help police capture the man responsible and prevent other traders in the town being faced by a similar ordeal.
A man entered the store before 8.50am and demanded she had over money from the till, but he fled when she activated the alarm.
He was last seen heading along Pyke Street.
The man is described as being white, in his mid to late 20s and around five feet five inches tall. He was of skinny build, dark coloured eyes and he was wearing a black cap and black hooded top with the hood up and cream coloured trousers.
Kay said the man had arrived from the direction of Pyke Street and she believed the knife he had on him was similar to ones that can be bought in the 99p Store, also on Holton Road.
Kay said: “I opened about 8.10am and was putting the magazines and papers out. The guy walked in and he said lock the door. I came behind the counter to get some keys and I pushed the panic button.
“He was angry that I pushed the button and used some foul language. “He said “give me your phone” and as I moved he went out.
“He went into Pyke Street and his words were “I’m going to kill you”.
“I was just frozen then and I’m still very shaken and my son is opening up the shop.
“I got away, but the next person might not be so lucky. You read about it, but you never think it’s going to happen to you and we’ve got a really good security system in the shop.
“Every time I close my eyes I see the knife and this person.”
Detective constable Debbi Zeraschi, of Barry CID, said: “Although the assistant acted with great presence of mind it was, nevertheless, a very distressing incident for her.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area before the incident took place or who may have seen the man making off from the Premier Store on Holton Road and heading down Pyke Street.”
Anyone with any information should contact Barry CID on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 62130257906.