Police have moved to reassure the public following a robbery in Buxton yesterday evening (Sunday).
A man entered the Rock Bay Service Station, on Leek Road, at around 10.45pm on Sunday evening, punching a female employee in the face and forcing her into a room at the back of the store. He then made off with an amount of cash from the till.
Detective Inspector Jo Brett, of Buxton CID, said: “The victim was alone when it happened and is obviously very shaken up and frightened.
“I would like to reassure the public that we are doing all we can to investigate and bring any offenders to justice.
“It is quite an unusual event to happen in this area and I would expect there will be some concern in the community, so there will be a greater uniformed presence in the area.”
The robber was described as black, of a large build and wearing black trousers and a green/grey hooded top with the hood worn up.
Detectives will be reviewing CCTV footage as part of the investigation, and are keen to speak to two men and a woman who entered the store afterwards and helped the victim. The woman and one of the men were in their late teens and the woman was wearing a football shirt which had red and white vertical stripes. All three left the service station in a dark-coloured hatchback car.
DI Brett added: “The appeal is twofold; firstly to anyone who witnessed the robbery, and secondly to these three people who we know went in to the petrol station and helped the victim. We need them to come forward because they may hold a vital piece of information without knowing it.”
Anyone with information should contact Buxton CID using the non-emergency 101 number, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.