Oakville Care Centre shopkeeper tells of crowbar raid terror
A FROME shopkeeper has spoken of the terrifying moment a masked raider burst into his store brandishing a crowbar and demanded money.
The robbery took place at the Oakville Care Centre, in Badcox, just before lunch on Friday afternoon.
The shopkeeper, who does not wish to be named, said it had been a typical Friday morning before the incident happened.
He said: "I was in the shop and all of a sudden a man rushed in, swung a crowbar at the counter and demanded money. He hit the counter and I gave him what money I had in the till and he ran out again.
"It was all over in a few seconds but it was very shocking. It's not something you expect to happen on a Friday lunchtime."
The raider was said to have got away with less than £100.
The shopkeeper said the police were there within minutes and were extremely helpful.
A police manhunt ensued minutes after the raid and the force helicopter was brought in to try to find the suspect.
The shopkeeper added: "Nothing like that has ever happened to us before. You just don't expect it to happen, but we want our customers to know we are open as normal."
Police released a description of the man they want to question in connection with the robbery. He is described as a white male wearing a green jacket and a dark scarf around his face. He was in his mid 20s, of slim build and 5ft 8in tall.
Detective Sergeant Jon Hooper, of Yeovil CID, said: "We are continuing to investigate this incident and are taking it extremely seriously.
"We would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything to call us as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can call Frome police on 101.