Masked raiders hit Leeds store

Two masked raiders brandishing knives threatened staff and snatched cash in a robbery on a Leeds suburban store.

The robbers, who escaped in a distinctive getaway car driven by a third member of the gang, struck at the Coop store in Oakwood Lane, Gipton, Leeds, at 7.45pm on Monday.

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The men burst into the premises armed with what have been described as two butchers' knives and threatened a woman member of staff with the weapons.

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One of the raiders vaulted over the counter and grabbed the electronic cash till.

He then jumped back over the counter and rejoined his accomplice before fleeing from the store, and jumping into the car driven by the third raider.

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The getaway car is believed to have been a dark coloured American retro-style Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven off along Oakwood Lane in the direction of the Fearnville estate.

Both of the robbers who entered the premises were thought to be aged in their 20s and stockily built. One man was about 5ft 10in tall and the other slightly taller at about 5ft 11in tall. One of the robbers wore a blue coloured jacket and the other a dark green coat. Both raiders wore full face masks. The exact amount of money stolen is not known.

No-one was injured in the raid, but an assistant is understood to have been left badly shaken by her ordeal.

An investigation was immediately launched by detectives from North East Leeds CID and officers carried out a search of the area. Detectives have appealed for anyone who witnessed the robbery or saw two or three men with such a vehicle near the store behaving suspiciously to contact

Det Con Mark Runagall at North East Leeds CID Stainbeck Station via 0845 6060606.

Officers would also like to hear from anone who has seen a dark coloured Chrysler PT Cruiser parked nearby for any time.