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Capped crooks lashed out at a Birmingham shop-keeper with a screwdriver when he refused to serve them alcohol.
The pair − both wearing distinctive baseball caps − attacked a staff member in Aston’s Express Convenience Store, in Birchfield Road, just before 11pm on 29 May.
It’s understood one man, sporting a striped hat with a grey peak, kicked and punched the 39-year-old before his friend, wearing a chequered cap, tried stabbing him with a screwdriver which he then used to smash a window pane.
Both attackers − described as Asian males − left on foot along Birchfield Road towards Six Ways where they were picked up by a dark blue or black Vauxhall Corsa with tinted windows.
The man with the yellow-handled screwdriver is believed to be 25- to 30-years-old, thin build, and about 5ft 6ins tall with facial stubble; he was wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans and a light-brown chequered cap.
His accomplice is believed to be around the same age and height, slightly stockier, and clean shaven; he was wearing a distinctive striped cap.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Phil Langstone, said: "The men were acting suspiciously in the shop and one tried walking behind the counter…staff suspected they were hoping to steal alcohol.
"When asked to leave they responded violently; the shop worker escaped serious injury but it could have been much worse.
"We have clear CCTV images of the offenders and I’m confident someone will recognise them, or the distinctive caps they’re wearing, and contact us. I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch as soon as possible so we can minimise the risk of them re-offending."
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Langstone in Force CID on the 101 number or alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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