A DRUG addict thug threatened a woman with a hammer before making off with cash from the till at a Dewsbury cafe.
The armed robbery took place at the Pie Shed, on Green Lane, Westborough at around 4.45pm on Sunday.
The masked man was reported as saying he needed the money for a drugs ‘fix’ and smashed a window in an attempt to gain entry.
It’s the second time in two years that the popular spot has been targeted, but the owner has maintained that “no-one will hold us down.”
Emma Conyers, 36, who opened the Pie Shed in 2014 using her own fridge and microwave from home, described the terrifying ordeal suffered by one of her employees.
“The shop itself was closed and we’d just finished hosting a baby shower upstairs,” she said. “One of my employees, Susan, was walking down the driveway when a male, dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava, caught her eye. She locked the door behind her which we wouldn’t normally do.”
The male then approached a side door and told the female employee that he wanted a drink. But when she told him the cafe was closed he produced a hammer.
“He started to kick the door and then smashed at the door handle with the weapon,” said Emma.
“Susan was shouting ‘please don’t hurt me’, to which he replied: ‘I won’t if you open the door, I just want a fix’.”
Once inside, the man marched Susan to the front entrance and made off with money from the till, as well as tips that had accumulated over several days.
It’s estimated that between £300 to £500 was taken during the robbery and Emma says she is now looking at installing new security measures, including panic alarms, with the help of Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Mark Eastwood.
Mr Eastwood said: “This is a terrible incident and my thoughts go out to the victim and her family. It’s my understanding that the police are dealing with this as an urgent priority and I hope they manage to track down the culprit so that they can face the full force of the law.
“I’ll be contacting the local inspector to ask for an urgent update on the investigation. This is a shocking crime and the police need to make sure there are adequate patrols in the area to reassure the people who live there.”
Police confirmed enquiries remain ongoing. Anyone with information should contact 101, quoting crime reference number 13200046693.