A shop worker has described the moment a thug brandishing a hammer snatched hundreds of pounds from the till of a convenience store.
The robbery took place at the Costcutter store in Broadlands, Desborough, at about 8.50pm – just before closing time – on Tuesday, November 26.
Notes, coins and packets of cigarettes were snatched in the attack, before the offender casually walked out of the property with the goods stuffed in his jacket pockets.
Police are now hunting for a man, about 5ft 5in, who made off with almost all of that day’s takings.
The shop worker, who was alone in the business at the time of the incident and who did not want to be named, told the Telegraph: “I was doing all the paper returns. He came in, he was trying to hit me with the hammer.
“I was face-to-face with him. He was very near to me and I didn’t get time to react to him.
“I said to him I didn’t want to fight. He cornered me and asked me to empty the till. He emptied all the money, even some of the coins.
“I was trying to look at his face because only his eyes were visible.
“Then he took the hammer again and used a threatening tone.”
CCTV footage shows the offender wielding the hammer, striking the worker on the arm and also threatening him a number of other times while he was carrying out the robbery.
“I still have pain and I had an X-ray,” the Costcutter employee added.
He also said an empty piece of land next to the shop might have given the offender somewhere easy to wait before choosing his moment to go into the store.
And the shop worker said he believed the offender took advantage of the fact only one member of staff was in the shop at the time – it is usually two in the evenings – and the darkness caused by the streetlights being switched off.
He said many of the store’s regular customers had already expressed their sympathy over what had happened after hearing about the incident.
The offender is described as white, about 5ft 5in, of medium build and in his late teens to mid 20s.
He was wearing black trousers, a black and silver jacket, black gloves and a cap and had masked his face using a scarf.
Witnesses to the incident, or anyone with any information, should phone Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.