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Shop owner speaks of armed raid
7:20am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
A SHOP owner has spoken of the terrifying moment a robber burst into his business brandishing a knife.
The crook had a stocking over his head when he struck at Bargain Booze, in Long Road, armed with a blade.
Owner Rajan Vekaria emerged from the back room with some bottles of beer, to come face-to-face with the robber.
He said: “He dragged me over, pushed me behind the counter and threatened he would harm me.
“He said ‘Give me cash and fast’ because he realised I was slowing him down. Then he thought there was a safe or something separate from the till that he wanted.
“I told him we don’t have anything else and he swore at me and walked off.”
The raider escaped at about 7pm on Saturday with a three figure sum of cash, in the direction of New Road.
Mr Vekaria, 37, said he ran out of the store about ten seconds later to see where the crook went, but only saw a silver car pulling out of the road.
He told police who said it did not seem to have been the robber, but could be a vital witness. The store then closed for about three hours after the robbery for Mr to regain his composure.
He said: “It looked like it was all planned with the way he came in, the way he was, and the way he went out, so I had to comply with him. It was terrifying.
“I was traumatised then and I still am now. My wife couldn’t sleep because she saw him on the CCTV and every time he saw his face.”
He was wearing a stocking over his face, blue jeans and a beige, zip-up jacket, white and black trainers and is described as chubby and average height. D
espite a thorough search of the area by police, the suspect was not located and they appeal for anyone with any information about his identity.
Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident is urged to contact Det Con Rory Scarlett at the Target Team at Southend Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.