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Post office boss sees off machete-wielding robber.... with a bottle of water
6:00am Thursday 5th December 2013 in Local News
A PLUCKY post office owner saw off a robber wielding a footlong machete.
Nilesh Chovatiya, owner of Canvey Post Office in High Street, was cashing the tills when the masked crook, with the machete in his hand, entered the store and demanded money.
In a desperate attempt to protect himself Mr Chovatiya, 29, grabbed the nearest item to hand – a small water bottle – and shouted at the robber to leave.
The suspect then trashed the store, throwing boxes of sweets around and tearing down a display of mobile phones before fleeing towards Furtherwick Road.
The raid lasted only 15 seconds, but left Mr Chovatiya shaken.
CCTV footage shows the man staked out the store onlymoments before the robbery.
He said: “The first thing I saw was this machete, which must have been more than a foot long and I was just scared what he was going to do with it. I don’t think he was too prepared, because he didn’t come straight towards me. He just wanted the money.
“It was really frightening. It all happened so quickly and I didn’t have much time to react. I backed away and was looking for something to protect myself, so I grabbed a bottle of water, raised it to him and shouted at him to go.
“The police said the CCTV cameras showed he was circling around the store, looking at what was inside, before he came in.
“I was just so worried about the machete the whole time, I didn’t get a real look at his face.
“It’s the first time it’s happened here since I took over the shop and you just never think it will happen to you.”
The suspect was about 6ft tall and slim. He was wearing a black balaclava with a white logo, black gloves, and a black shiny jacket.
Police are investigating.
Anyone with information can call Southend police on 101.
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