MASKED figures have been caught on film during a raid in which a local shop assistant was bound hand and foot.
A week after the robbery at the McColls convenience store in the usually peaceful village of Parbold, police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses and released CCTV images of two intruders.
A gang of up to four offenders struck at the premises on The Common at around 10.30pm when staff were in the process of closing for the evening.
In the aftermath of the crime, officers have also been out in the area handing out leaflets and speaking with members of the community.
The shop was targeted by two masked offenders, one wielding a crowbar, who bundled a male member of staff back into the rear of the store, where his hands and feet were tied.
His female colleague was also detained in the rear stockroom.
A third offender entered the store with a large holdall and removed a large amount of cigarettes and tobacco.
An unsuccessful attempt was made to force open a cash machine within the premises before the gang demanded the safe was opened and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.
Police believe a fourth man may also be involved, acting as a look-out or getaway driver.
It is suspected they all escaped in a vehicle and police need any witnesses to contact them.
Releasing CCTV images, police today appealed for anybody with any information about the incident to contact them.
Det Sgt Tracey Robinson from Lancashire Police said: “I would appeal to anybody that saw anything suspicious in the days leading up to the robbery to come forward.
“Parbold is a close-knit community and I’m confident somebody would have noticed any men hanging around or keeping watch on the shop.
“I would like to reassure people that our investigation into this offence continues.
“And I’d urge anybody with any suspicions about who these men could be to contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The three offenders are all described as male and were wearing ski masks, gloves and they had their hoods up. They spoke with a Liverpool accent.
There is no description of the fourth offender.