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Four men all dressed in black and with their faces covered made off with a quantity of cash in a robbery at a convenience store in Cranleigh on Monday morning.
This is the Surrey Police statement
The offenders forced their way into the One Stop store in Alfold Road just after 6am when members of staff were about to open up for business. The employees were restrained and one member of staff was struck to the side of the face.
The intruders who were then disturbed, made off on foot along Elmbridge Road, dropping coins, moneybags and a cash tray as they escaped. It is believed that they left a get-away vehicle in Westdene Meadows and detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen the four men getting into a car around 6.20am.
The suspects are all described as well-built men between 5ft 10” and 6ft tall. They were wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black hooded tops pulled up over their heads with black scarves around their mouths.
Detective Constable Lawrence Burden investigating said: “This was a terrifying experience for the members of staff who were going about their everyday business and just about to open up. They were bundled into a back room whilst the intruders searched the shop and stole a sum of money. It was extremely fortunate the employees were not seriously injured and did not require hospital treatment - however they were subject to a frightening ordeal which may stay with them for some time to come.
“The suspects were all clad in black and had their faces covered at the time of the offence but it is likely they were in the area before committing the robbery and I would urge anyone who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously to call officers with any information. Surrey Police will not tolerate this type of violent crime in its neighbourhoods and will do everything possible to protect the community by locating and bringing these offenders to justice.”
House to house enquiries have been carried out and detectives continue with the investigation. The cordon has been lifted.