Man with knife robs Yamanto shop
YAMANTO shopkeeper Ida Tang kept a brave face despite being held up a knife-point yesterday morning.
The 30-year-old was left shaken after a man entered the store, on the corner of Ash St and Warwick Rd, at 6.40am and demanded she hand over cash.
Although the offender never laid a hand on Ms Tang, she later said she had been frightened the man would return.
"He came into the shop and walked around a bit," she said.
"He picked up a newspaper and asked me if it was today's edition - then he went to the front door and checked that nobody was around."
The man showed Ms Tang he had a knife in his jacket before demanding she hand over cash from the till, specifying he only wanted notes and no coins.
"I gave him all of the notes but it wasn't enough for him," Ms Tang said.
"He asked me to take the till right out and then he made me open up the drawers.
"We don't keep a lot of money here."
The man eventually left with the notes, running off in the direction of Saleyards Rd.
"I was so scared - I didn't know what to do," Ms Tang said.
"I rang my boss first and then he told me to call Triple-0."
Although the man appeared to be wearing a blue jacket while inside the shop, police said he was later seen wearing a gold jacket.
It is possible he could have turned the jacket inside out.
The offender was described as Caucasian, about 30-years-old, wearing a hat, sunglasses and a gold jacket. Police have obtained surveillance camera footage of the robbery.
It is believed there is no connection between this offence and an armed robbery at Springfield the previous night.
In that incident, a man wearing a balaclava and carrying a firearm entered a store on Woodcrest Way about 9.50pm, demanding cash from the attendant.
He ran from the store with an undisclosed sum of money.
Nobody was injured.
The offender was described as Caucasian, about 183cm tall, wearing a balaclava, hooded jumper and long, dark pants.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.