Masked gang tie up Stoneleigh Co-op staff in cash and cigarettes raid
A masked gang raided a Co-op last night, tying up two staff members before fleeing with cash and cigarettes.
Three black men in balaclavas were seen fleeing from the store after the robbery in Stoneleigh Broadway at 9.50pm.
A passer-by spotted the men and dialled 999. They are thought to have made a getaway in a dark vehicle from Dell Lane.
Police arrived on the scene to find two members of staff tied-up.
Officers remain on the scene today as forensic examinations are carried out.
Detective Constable Catherine Jenkin said: "It is fortunate that no-one was seriously injured during the incident.
"I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the three men or the vehicle they were travelling in immediately after the incident as this information could prove vital to the investigation.
"I can assure the residents of Ewell that we are doing everything possible to trace down those responsible."
Ian Tempest, from the Farm Shop next door, said they arrived about 7.30am this morning to find the Co-op cordoned off and police on the scene.
Mr Tempest said: “No-one was allowed to go inside until the forensics turned up. There was stuff all over the floor in there.”
He said one of two male staff members was apparently on his first night working at the Co-op.
He said: “It’s a shock obviously. We do know the staff in a general way.”
But he said over the years the Co-op seemed to have been a target for smaller scale thefts, even in the daytime.
Of the Broadway, he said: “It is a bit of a dead-end and a lot of places like Stoneleigh do have incidents.”
Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference EP/13/3448.
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