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CCTV released after armed robbery in Birmingham convenience store


Police have released footage of two men stealing a crate of beer at gunpoint from a convenience store in a bid to trace them.

The masked men threatened a shopkeeper in Vardon Supermarket on Vardon Way, Kings Norton with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money, but the shopkeeper immediately activated his alarm and grabbed a baseball bat to fend off his attackers leaving them to make off with nothing more than the beer and a mobile phone.
The robbery happened just after 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 January.
Both men are described as white, in their 20s, around 5’10" − 6’ tall with a skinny build.  One was wearing a blue jacket, a hooded top and tracksuit bottoms. The other wore a black jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.
Investigating officer, DC Katie Morris said: "This was a violent and frightening robbery by two men who had no regard for the safety of the shopkeeper or his customers.
"The shopkeeper acted bravely to defend his livelihood and in this case it paid off, but the reality is this could have ended in tragedy. We would not recommend acts of heroism when confronted by a potentially loaded gun.
"I would urge anyone who recognises the men to contact me on 101."

Anyone not wishing to speak to a police officer can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.