ROBBERS threatened to injure staff at a Widnes store as a colleague struggled to open a till and hand over cash takings.
Both staff and customers in the Co-op Late Shop on Liverpool Road, Widnes, were menaced by the crowbar-wielding robbers at about 10.15pm on December 14.
As the two men entered the shop they shouted 'give us the till, give us the money'.
When the terrified assistant struggled to open the till, one of the thugs threatened to harm another colleague.
After grabbing the cash the offenders ran from the shop and jumped into a white old-style Ford Escort van which had electrical services written on the back door. The van has not yet been recovered.
Both robbers were white, about 6ft tall and in their early 20s. One had a Widnes accent and had a black scarf over his face. He was wearing a grey hoody with blue sleeves with grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and white gloves.
His partner had thick mousy brown stubble and both may have been wearing baseball caps.
In a separate attack the following day, a security guard was attacked as he parked up in Albert Square, Widnes.
He was about to make a delivery to a bank in the town centre when a man shouted 'give me the box' and pushed the guard to the ground causing him to drop a cash box.
The robber grabbed the box and ran to a black Mercedes car which was later found abandoned nearby along with the burned and emptied cash box.
Police described robber as white, of athletic build, wearing a dark woollen hat and a dark wool scarf which was wrapped around his face to disguise his identity.
He wore stonewashed jeans and spoke with a Liverpool accent.
This attack happened at about 10.30am. Witnesses to the Co-op robbery should contact DC Sarah Evans on 01244 613 966. Anyone with information about the Albert Square incident last Friday should call DC Andy Wallace on 01244 613 3936 .
Alternatively information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.