STAFF at a local takeaway store have been left traumatised after they were terrorised by a knife-wielding bandit.
The armed offender struck the Tamworth Highway Superette about 7.45pm on Sunday while two female staff members, aged 17 and 33, were manning the counter.
The man walked calmly into the Goonoo Goonoo Rd shop and asked for cigarettes, but things soon turned nasty.
Superette owner Karen Bourne said when one of the staff members turned her back to reach for the cigarettes, the man came around the counter and pulled out a knife.
“He told them to get on the ground and then told them to get up and empty the till,” she said.
“He had a knife, a kitchen one about 25cm big.”
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in the terrifying situation, and said luckily no one was seriously injured.
“He then walked out of the shop with quite a large amount of money,” she said.
“It’s very traumatic because one girl is only young. They are just great girls, my staff, so it’s just been horrible.”
The women quickly sounded the alarm before police and Mrs Bourne rushed to the scene.
Police have been told the man walked out of the store and was last seen heading south on foot on Goonoo Goonoo Rd.
The shop was closed as police and detectives scoured the area for any sign of the armed offender, before forensic crews combed the scene yesterday morning.
But it’s another knock to Mrs Bourne and her husband, who were hit by an armed offender at their other store.
“We have the North Tamworth shop and it was only robbed three months ago,” she said.
“The same thing, with a knife, but police have been very good, they’ve been very helpful.”
Detectives have launched an investigation into the latest robbery and are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything around the time of the robbery on Goonoo Goonoo Rd.
The offender is described as Caucasian, aged in his late 30s and approximately 170cm tall.
He has a thin build, short dark hair with a gaunt face and a pointy nose.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.