Arrest follows pet shop armed robbery
A MAN has been arrested following an alleged armed robbery in which a gun was reportedly pointed at a Frome pet shop cashier's head.
The incident took place on Friday afternoon at about 4pm at the Pampurred Pets store, in Wessex Fields.
The man wore all black clothing, a black baseball cap and sunglasses and when he approached the counter demanded cash.
The cashier, who is too frightened to be identified, said she saw the man enter the store and thought he was overdressed for the warm weather.
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She said: “When he walked in I thought it was a bit strange the way he was dressed.
“When he approached the counter I asked him if I could help and he didn’t respond.
“When he didn’t answer it crossed my mind something was wrong.
“He then pulled the gun and said he wanted the cash from the till.
“I couldn’t believe what was happening and it took me a few seconds to realise what was going on.
“I didn’t want to antagonise him so I grabbed the money from the till and handed it to him, he then rushed out the store.”
The cashier said she could not move for the next few seconds, reeling from what had just happened.
She said: “I looked around on disbelief and was too scared to go after him.
“I shouted to my colleague and told her what had happened and then we called the police, who were brilliant.”
The woman, who has worked in the store since it opened, said she had not slept well since the incident happened.
She said: “Everyone said I looked really calm, but inside all I could think was ‘I don’t want to die’.
“I feel okay, but I’ve had a couple of sleepless nights and I was a bit shaky when I first came back to work.”
Shop manager, Jo Drew, said she was really proud of her staff.
She said: “I am so proud of the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time.
“They were very brave and very calm and handled the terrifying situation in a controlled manner.”
The police said today that a 33-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.
A force spokeswoman said: “We don’t know if this gun was real or a replica but what we do know is this was a very scary incident for the cashier and she is to be commended for her bravery.
“We are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
“There must have been lots of people about at that time of day and we want people to think if they saw anything suspicious to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Frome police on 101.