TWO “nasty and desperate” robbers threatened a terrified shopworker with kitchen knives.
The masked men burst into the Londis shop and newsagents in Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port and, in front of customers, forced her to open the till.
They grabbed the money and escaped, leaving the woman frightened but unhurt.
Detectives are now appealing for help to catch the raiders.
The robbery was at 12.30pm on Friday, January 18, when the men entered the small store, at the junction with West Road, and approached the woman serving behind the counter.
Detective Constable Mike Beamish, of Ellesmere Port & Neston CID, said: “They had large kitchen knives and made threats to the woman.
“The situation they put her in was very frightening because they were shouting at her to open the till.
“She was forced to put the money in a plastic bag they’d brought with them.
“The woman was unhurt but left extremely shaken by her ordeal.
“Customers entered the shop after the robbers, but they were not threatened.
“This was a very nasty incident. If these lads were desperate enough to use weapons publicly, then we need to catch them right away.”
The first robber was white, 6ft tall, of medium build, wearing a black outdoor jacket with a white motif on the left chest, dark trousers and dark trainers.
His hood was pulled up and tied, his face was covered by a balaclava and he wore black gloves.
His accomplice was 5ft 7-8ins tall, wearing a black outdoor jacket with a white motif on the centre of the chest, dark trousers and dark trainers. He also had his hood up and wore a balaclava and black gloves.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Beamish on 01244 613150 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.